As a boy in Connecticut I remember my mother marveling in 1966 that it had been 25 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. This week we're looking back 75 years, and yet a few of the survivors are still with us.
One of those men, Lou Conter, was on the ill-fated USS Arizona. It was my honor to interview Lou last year about that morning, his escape from the ship, and how it has affected him. Lou is now 95 and still very sharp. I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen to and share the interview with your children and grandchildren. It's linked at the left. I'm sharing it again on this week's show.
Another World War II vet that I'll never forget was a friend of my Dad's named Norb Gagen. Norb was often at our home for pool and dinner parties. I didn't know his story until only recently.
I had found a photo of one of the parties. I was a teen and had thrown a Frisbee into a group of Dad's friends just as my mother was snapping a picture. The photo caught the surprised faces, the reaching in, and the diving out.
I remembered all the names but one. Then it came to me. "Norb Gagen." I knew almost nothing about him, so I decided to do some research.
As expected, Norb passed years ago. I then learned he had been a counter intelligence officer and was one of only two men to escort the atom bomb across the country, handcuffed to lead-lined boxes!
It makes you wonder, just how many stories of "ordinary" people did we miss when we were young? Here's to our living vets, as well as those we've lost. Let's not lose their stories as well! Scott Fisher