Online Video, Lecture, WWII Event     Series: History Pub

WWII Veterans Tell Their Stories

Paul Meyer served in the US Army 70th Division "Trailblazers" unit from Oregon as a machine gunner. He fought in the "Operation Nordwind," the southern part of the Battle of the Bulge, was injured and carried out on a stretcher, and eventually was taken to recover in a hospital in England. Art Sorenson fought with the 104th Infantry Division as part of the second Allied advance across France, Belgium, and into Germany. He experienced fixed bayonet combat and spent time as a prisoner of war. Sorenson was awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals. Ellen Johnson Thronson, RN, served in the United States Navy Nurse Corps at the Puget Sound Navy Yard and the Naval Air Station in San Diego. After completing special training in psychiatric nursing, she worked in hospital psychiatric departments caring for combat veterans suffering from "battle fatigue."

This program was offered in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society's exhibit, World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed as a part of the History Pub series and was recorded at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon on May 18, 2015.

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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