High School students interview WWII vets
Reliving History My hometown paper, Daily Pilot’s cover story on my rival high school’s project bringing sophomores and World War II veterans together to share stories of the past.
Today, I’m visiting at a hospital near the home where I grew up. I go downstairs to the hospital lobby to post an update to a private family-only blog post about a certain hospital patient’s progress. (No wi-fi in the rooms, yes wi-fi in the first floor lounge) There in the lobby are copies of today’s paper. Shouting at me on the front page is a story about how students from my rival high school—Corona del Mar—has a project where students interview World War II veterans.
“History comes alive for the students through this project,” [Corona del Mar community service specialist Denise] Weiland said. “For the veterans, tey get appreciation for their service and they realize that people want to hear their story.”
Sweet. The news story coincided with the end of the month-long project, where they held a Living History Luncheon for interviewers and interviewees. The WWII veterans were presented with copies of the reports and DVDs of their interviews. This is the fourth year that this interview project has taken place.
One of the interviewees was Anthony Iantorno, who, at age 21, was in Hawaii when the Pearl Harbor attack took place.
Camille Delbrook, 16, interviewed Iantorno. “I really didn’t think I would get a lot out of doing it, but I really learned a lot. …I didn’t realize Pearl Harbor was so complex. … “He looked right into the eyes of a Japanese soldier before he shot him,” Delbrook said. “His story is amazing.”
Jensen Rinehart, 16, who also interviewed Iantorno, said he liked the hands-on aspect of the project.” “I liked that I got to make my own questions and talk one on one wiht him and see all his photographs.”
Remember Pearl Harbor—Keep America Alert!
America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 100th year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, “The Day of Infamy”, Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.
‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).
Visit my photo album tribute to these veteran shipmates:
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