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In Their Own Words: Voices of Our Veterans

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On Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., 88.5 FM premiered a 90-minute radio program featuring local veterans of all eras beginning with World War II to the present day. Nine veterans shared their recollections of before, during, and after military service - the challenges faced and memories gained from their experiences. On this Veterans' Day, we honor these and all veterans by offering their stories, in their own words.

On this page you will find links to additional video excerpts from their interviews, as well as photos taken during their years of service. Listen to the story when a tiger followed Vietnam Veteran Bob Konrardy's platoon through the jungle; view some pictures of a fresh-faced Joyce Steingraber in her Air Force uniform during the Korean War; or check out the handsome World War II Navy Fighter Pilot Herbert Wood in his flight gear.

We hope you enjoy the additional stories, photos, books, and documents as an extension of the broadcast.

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Video Excerpts
Joe Walton's copy of the USS LST 772 50 Year Reunion Memorial Book (pdf)
Ray Walton's transcribed diaries (Ray is the cousin of Joe Walton) (.docx)

Raymond T. Walton, a former Iowa Farm Bureau Insurance executive, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Iowa, and a private practice attorney in Davenport, Iowa, passed away January 14, 2005, at the age of 83. After Ray's death, his family uncovered his personal World War II diaries dating from October 1944, when he was shot down near Cologne and became a prisoner of war, to his eventual liberation in May 1945 by Russia's 3rd Ukrainian Army. 

Ray's diaries are in three parts. He started to organize them into a single manuscript that, as some believe, he intended to title Men with Broken Wings. The first part, entered on a legal pad, is an account of a parachute escape from his B-24 Liberator. Next is a penciled diary written on discarded cigarette packages numbered 19 to 35 and 210 to 247. The final part of the journals is on a form supplied by the Swiss Red Cross. The parts somewhat overlap and fill the gap between pages 35 to 210 of the cigarette packages.

Korea Reborn (pdf)

Following a timeline of the Korean War through to today's prosperous South Korea, this 160-page volume honors those veterans who served and sacrificed for a free Korea. Produced with the cooperation of the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Korea reborn book cover