Local Man Tells Origin of Japanese Flag Featured on Reality TV Show

The mission of a Bradford woman to track down and connect World War II veterans with a Japanese flag they signed nearly 70 years ago spurred a segment on a reality television show that aired on Veterans Day — and now it has triggered the memory of a Limestone, N.Y. man, who stopped by The Era Friday to tell the origin of the flag. Marine Corp. veteran George Brown, a 62-year resident of Limestone, says he knew the man to whom the flag belonged for many decades. Brown is certain it was the property of now-deceased Army Sgt. Harold St. Clair, who served in World War II and survived three year...
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World War II Museum Announces Re-Dedication of Holocaust Room

In honor of Veterans Day, the Eldred World War II Museum will re-dedicate its updated Holocaust Room on Friday. The room has been improved with new images, artifacts and a small library of Holocaust-related books. Steve Appleby, curator of the museum, credited Diana Phalon for her work with the update. Phalon is a former intern with the museum and is currently a history teacher at Allegany Limestone (N.Y.) High School. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Veterans Book Project Exhibit Opens at Jamestown Community College

While looking through one of the journals on display with the Veterans Book Project, Master Sgt. James Andrews spoke softly of the horrors of war — and why many soldiers don’t share their stories with family. Fittingly, Andrew, an instructor with the St. Bonaventure University ROTC Honor Guard, visited the book project exhibit at Jamestown Community College (JCC) in Olean on Veterans Day. He and his cadets had conducted the JCC Flag Pole ceremony earlier in conjunction with JCC’s Club Valor Veteran Recognition Ceremony. Following the Veterans Day luncheon at the college, the cadets were inv...
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Never Forget: Decorated World War II Veteran Nagel Shares His Story

Raymond Nagel Sr. remembers firing .50-caliber guns with each of his hands at a German submarine near the Brazilian coast with such accuracy that the enemy gun crews abandoned their stations on the doomed vessel. Nagel, a decorated World War II veteran with the United States Naval Reserve, and his family agreed to share his story to ensure that the battles fought in South America during the war are never forgotten. Now 92, Nagel remembers many of the details of that day in 1943 when he and others on a Navy patrol plane spotted a German submarine in the South Atlantic Ocean making its way...
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Author Reiter to Discuss Coming of Age During World War II

Retired public school teacher Daisy Reiter, author of “Cora, It’s War,” the story of a small-town Pennsylvania girl who comes of age during World War II, will discuss her book on Saturday at the Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center. The program, held in the Mitchell Paige Hall will begin at 2 p.m. The event is held on the anniversary of D-Day in 1944 when U.S. and Allied forces invaded Europe at Normandy, France, in the greatest amphibious landing in history. Formerly a teacher in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District, Reiter found very few materials for her fifth graders who...
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Patriotic Salute: World War II Veterans Honored During Rousing Rendition of USO Camp Show

The production “70 Years for the Red, White and Blue for World War II” held on Saturday night in the Bromeley Family Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford paid a heartfelt tribute of gratitude to those veterans of World War II who must not be forgotten. An impressive number of World War II veterans had front row seats for the two-hour program that was based on the USO camp shows made famous by Bob Hope and his entourage of celebrities, who, prompted by patriotism, volunteered to entertain the nation’s service personnel at home and abroad free of charge during the war. Co-s...
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Author to Speak on Lesser-Known Aspects of World War II at Eldred Museum

The Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center will welcome Jan Jarboe Russell, author of “The Train to Crystal City,” to speak today on the lesser-known aspects of the war in honor of Memorial Day. At 2 p.m. in Mitchell Paige Hall at the museum, located at 201 Main St., Eldred, Russell will speak about her book, which tells the dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR Approved American Internment Camp in Texas during World War II. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Back in time: Performers gear up for USO show to mark end of World War II

A cozy living room in Limestone was recently reeled back in time to a 1940s’ USO canteen when several performers rehearsed World War II-era songs for the upcoming “70 Years of Red, White and Blue for World War II” show. The performance will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 30 in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Proceeds will benefit the Eldred World War II Museum and McKean County Historical Society in Smethport. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Author Jan Jarboe Russell – Never Before Told Stories of WWII

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 the Eldred WWII Museum will welcome Jan Jarboe Russell, author of "The Train to Crystal City"; FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During WWII. The author will speak at 2:00 p.m. in Mitchell Paige Hall at the Museum. The book tells the dramatic and never before told story of a secret FDR Approved American Internment Camp in Texas during WWII, where thousands of families - many US citizens - were incarcerated. During WWII, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Cryst...
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Appleby to Present Program on World War II

The Eldred World War II Museum is coming to the Bradford Library. The Museum’s director, Steve Appleby, will present a public program at the Bradford Area Public Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, featuring a number of artifacts from the collections at the facility. Included will be some stock items carried by infantrymen and sailors, but the emphasis will be on personal items which the men carried as they risked their lives during the war. “I like to show the personal things, such as the so-called ‘trench art’ that people drew on their belongings,” said Appleby. “It’s a good reminder that the ...
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