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Veterans' Voices | World War II
Supported by the Minnesota Humanities Center

Minnesota in World War I | Stories of Minnesotans in World War I

Minnesota in World War II | Stories of Minnesotans in World War II

Minnesota in the Vietnam War | Stories of Minnesotans in the Vietnam War

Veterans' Voices: Rochester | Veterans’ Voices is a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Rochester service members. Veterans’ Voices is a radio series exploring the knowledge, experience and leadership of Rochester service members. Hosted by Britt Aamodt Veteran’ Voices is produced by KRPR and Ampers.

Korea | Memories and stories from Minnesota’s Korean War Veterans

Veterans' Voices Korea Podcast | Extended podcast versions of interviews with some of the Minnesota Veterans of the Korean War featured in our radio series Veteran’s Voices Korea. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

World War II | first-hand accounts of what it was like to serve in WWII

Native Warriors | Native American veterans explain why protecting our land and resources is an important part of Native culture and traditions

Vietnam | Stories and memories of Minnesota’s Vietnam veterans

Veterans' Voices Vietnam Podcast | Extended podcast versions of Kevyn Burger’s interviews with some of the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans featured in our radio series

Roger Sayles

The Native American Veteran

Native Americans enlisted in large numbers during World War 2. Axel James Holmes, Sr., a member of an Ojibwe band now living on the Bois Forte reservation, joined when he was 20 years old. He reflects on his World War 2 service, first in New Guinea and then in the Philipines.

Far From Home

When World War 2 broke out, many Americans had not traveled far from where they lived. The call to service pulled young soldiers, sailors and Marines from farms, small towns and cities and dropped them into foreign lands in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Don Wickstrom, seen here in 2014, and Bernie Lieder were among the Minnesotans who were not well-traveled when the war broke out but saw the world as a result of their military service

The German American Soldier

Bernie Lieder was raised in a Hanover, a Minnesota town that was founded by Germans. As he grew up, he spoke German in the community and at his Lutheran church. His German language skills served him –and his country — during his service in the Army in World War 2.

Meeting An Old Enemy

Decades after World War 2 ended, US veteran Lester Schrenk spent many hours trying to find out more about the German pilot who had the chance to shoot his plane down–but did not. Schrenk first corresponded with –and eventually traveled to Germany to meet — the enemy pilot who spared his life.

The Jewish-American Veteran

Raised in Duluth, Sherman Garon joined the Army at 19. From the contents of his rations to fears about Hitler, veteran Sherman Garon’s Army service in Germany was complicated by his Jewish heritage.

The Woman Veteran

Jeanne Bearmon joined the Women’s Air Corps and was stationed in London as the bombs fell during World War 2. She ultimately earned the rank of captain, but found that some of those who served under her were not prepared for a woman with rank.

Cheating Death in the Tropics

It wasn’t just the battlefield that posed a deadly danger to US servicemen in World War 2. George Vandersluis, pictured here in 2014, survived a bout of Dengue fever. Minnesota veteran Axel Holmes contracted a nasty case of hepatitis. Both servicemen were exposed to the diseases while serving in the Pacific theater.

The GI Bill

The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, more commonly known as the GI Bill, allowed millions of returning World War 2 veterans to go to college, making higher education widely available to the American middle class for the first time. Veterans Jeanne Bearmon, who had been a WAC, and Sherman Garon, an Army veteran originally from Duluth, recall how their military service allowed them to get a college education at the University of Minnesota.

A Package From Home

Claude Williams was flying a bombing mission from England when his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He recalls the event, and his sister remembers how the family heard about his capture. She also tells about how the family on the home front in South St. Paul tried to reach the imprisoned soldier with packages shipped through the auspices of the International Red Cross.

Inspired To Join

The American public was horrified by the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, which pulled the U.S. into war. The dramatic event prompted many patriotic young Americans to join the military. Minnesotans Bill Olson and Herbert Gager recalled how they were inspired to enlist immediately after the shocking events of December 7, 1941.

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McKnight FoundationPohlad family foundationThe Minneapolis FoundationSaint Paul & Minnesota Foundation