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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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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Movie About Olean, NY Native, World War II Vet Draws Crowds

Some were in line to see the movie “Unbroken” because of the religious aspect of Louis Zamperini’s life, while other movie-goers were enthralled by the Olean native’s Olympic and military history. The multi-layered life of Zamperini, the subject of the newly released Universal film directed by Angelina Jolie, brought in sold-out crowds Christmas Day and large crowds on Friday at the Carmike 8 Theater in Allegany, theater staff reported. The late Zamperini, a former Olympian and a World War II hero, was born in Olean in 1917 and died in July, a month prior to the dedication of a monument ...
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Connecting with History: Bradford Woman Researching Names on Japanese flag from WWII

Time and again, Debbie Anthony of Bradford Township has researched genealogy for family members and Bradford area residents. But since August, she has taken on a larger task, one that involves a national hunt to reunite families from around the country with a piece of international history. Anthony is reaching out to families of 189 World War II servicemen who signed a Japanese flag sometime in the 1940s. So far, she has located about 30 families. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Inspired Story: Zamperini’s Son, Daughter to Ride in Tournament of Roses Parade

When Jim Bardenett was contacted in October to ride in the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade as a representative of Olean, Louis Zamperini’s hometown, his immediate response was surprise. After a few seconds, the Olean businessman felt “a bit overwhelmed” as he knew it was a special honor to participate in a parade that was honoring a true American hero. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Duke Center Native Zetler Recalls Working at National Munitions Plant in Eldred

When a visitor stands on the grounds of Camp Penuel East in Eldred, they probably couldn’t imagine that 71 years ago a munitions plant once spanned across approximately 2,000 acres of land in that same area. In 1941, the National Munitions Plant was an operating loading plant for mortar shells, incendiary grenades, thermite aerial bombs, and bomb fuses. The plant was owned by Great Britain and the United States and was incorporated in 1941. Between 1941-45 eight million devices were produced at the munitions plant. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Heroic Battle: McElfresh to Talk About Father’s World War II Action in Eldred

As with many baby boomers, Earl McElfresh didn’t learn of his father’s heroic acts in World War II until he was grown. The story that most impressed McElfresh about his late father, Lt. John M. McElfresh, occurred on Oct. 25, 1944, the date of his most heroic action during the Leyte Gulf Battle which was the greatest naval engagement of World War II. McElfresh, of Olean, N.Y., will give a presentation on the battle — and his father’s role in it — at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eldred World War II Museum in Eldred. Read more from The Bradford Era
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Warren K. Semmel Served as Guard at Nuremberg Trials

“My dad was a young soldier stationed in Germany at the end of World War II when he received orders to report for duty as a cellblock guard at the Nuremberg Trials, where Hermann Goering was among the top Nazi defendants,” said Warren E. Semmel, a retired Smethport teacher and high school principal. His father, Warren K. Semmel, was popularly known as “Johnny” in his Carbon County hometown of Lehighton, near the Poconos in eastern Pennsylvania. After his parents died when he was 16 and still in high school, Warren Semmel dropped out of school and took a job with Swift and Co. About a yea...
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D-Day Remembered by Local Veterans

Seventy years later and half-a-world-away, Elmer DeLucia is still kept awake at night by his memories of the D-Day Invasion. “I haven’t slept too well the last couple of weeks,” DeLucia said. “I’ve been thinking about the guys.” On June 6, 1944, DeLucia and 73,000 of his fellow U.S. service men stormed the beach at Normandy, France in a full frontal assault on Hitler’s entrenched German forces. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion which left an estimated 4,400 Allied troops dead, including 2,500 Americans. Read more from The Bradford Era  
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Bradford Resident Woodley Recalls Time in Service and How it Changed His Life

When Memorial Day parades and services take place today, fewer and fewer veterans from World War II, as well as those from the Korean War, will be among the ranks of those honored. One local World War II veteran, Jack Woodley of Bradford, recently shared highlights of his experience in the war as a Merchant Marine and how it changed his life. Now in his late 80s, Woodley is still active at the Limestone (N.Y.) American Legion. Prior to sitting down at an outside picnic table at the legion to talk about his war years, he had to put down a hammer as he had been helping with construction of...
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