Friday, April 16, 2021

Prime National Audience to Learn of Stories Behind the Stars

 


The Friends of the National World War II Memorial has long been the organization that has managed education and commemoration efforts for this premier WWII memorial in the country. This nonprofit was created back in 2007 with the goal of preserving the legacy, lessons, and scarifies of our Greatest Generation. Its list of contributors reads like a who's who of all things related to World War II.

Stories Behind the Stars is honored to be part of this network. This Saturday, at noon Eastern Time, I will be making a presentation about the mission of Stories Behind the Stars as part of their monthly education series. This is the link to register: https://www.wwiimemorialteachers.org/education-series

By registering, you will get a link to the recording if you can't participate live.

Be sure to share with anyone who may be interested...more

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - 2nd Lt. Joseph O. McAllister

 

Owen was born On August 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph McAllister and Vera Bennion. He had two brothers Warren, and Gerald and one sister Bella.

In 1940 Owen was in his first year of college at the University of Utah. He enlisted on September 29, 1941 and took flight training at Cal-Aero and Victorville pilot training schools in California. In April of 1942 he received his commission and in August was assigned to the South West Pacific...more



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - S.Sgt. James A. Mabante



 S.Sgt. James A. Mabante



James Albert Mabante was born on July 25, 1920 in Nogales, Arizona. His parents Rufino Mabante and Constanza Romero were born in Mexico and California, respectively. His father was a steelworker.

James had 2 brothers, Charles and Frank and 2 sisters, Carmen and Virginia. By 1940 James was in his third year of high school was 19 years old and working at Callahan Lead and Zinc Mining, Washington Camp.

He enlisted June 3, 1942 at Nogales, AZ and was attached to the 15th USAAF, 348th Bombardment Squadron, 99 AAF Bombardment Group (heavy) as a (Gunner 5) waist gunner...more

Friday, January 29, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett


Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett


Aubrey was born August 4, 1920 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, one of three brothers including Hodge and Edward. His father L. Carsey Garrett, born in Alabama was a blacksmith for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, his mother, Connor a homemaker born in Louisiana.

In 1940 Aubrey had already graduated from Ouachita Parish High School and was a locomotive fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He married Lillian Martha Marhefka on August 1, 1939 and their daughter, Diane was born in 1942.

Aubrey enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 15, 1942...more

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of World War II - Wayland D. Campbell

 Wayland D. Campbell - U.S.S. Indianapolis


Wayland Campbell was born on the 28th Of October, 1921 in Rosedale, OK in Okfuskee county.

His father was Alph Campbell, farmer, his mother was Rabie a homemaker. Wayland had one sister, Velva and one brother, Billy. Wayland was a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) as was his sister, Velva. Wayland won several awards for his prized hogs and farming ability.

He worked for the NYA Boys Resident Project in Okmulgee, OK

Wayland enlisted in the Navy on the 3rd of September 1942 in Oklahoma City, OK By the 8th of November 1942 he was aboard the USS Henderson sailing out of San Francisco to Pearl Harbor...more

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of World War II



                    Honoring Benedict Frank Axtman -  850th Engineer Aviation Battalion