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James Wright: Pearl Harbor

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James Wright recalls the bombing of Pearl Harbor in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War." He explains how the USS Houston was headed to Pearl Harbor just before the attack. Wright recalls how they came into the harbor the next day and saw the extensive damage.

 This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

VE Day: Lowell Heckman

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Lowell Heckman recalls being just outside Berlin when Germany surrendered in World War II in this KACV video teaching module. Heckman explains how his division was disappointed they could not take Berlin after Germany had surrendered and instead had to let the Russian army take the capital.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Jack Hazelwood: Fighting a War at 18 Years Old

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In this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War," Jack Hazelwood talks about his experience fighting in a war at such a young age -- 18 years old.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

World War II Veteran William (Bill) W. Dipman - 
Captain, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. William W. Dipman served in the Army Infantry as a Captain. His tour of duty included Europe, Iceland, and Australia. Having landed in Normandy twenty days after D-Day, Mr. Dipman describes the advance into France and includes his experiences at the Battle of the Bulge where he witnessed surprise attacks by German paratroopers. Mr. Dipman's unit pushed all the way into Germany, and he relates a story of coming into a concentration camp.

World War II Veteran Robert Harvey - 
Commander, Navy | Georgia Oral History

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Bishop Robert C. Harvey tells of his experiences during World War II. He was born in 1917 and grew up in New Jersey. Mr. Harvey recounts his memories of being 17 miles from Pearl Harbor on the morning that it was bombed, the torpedo battles he had with Japanese ships, and the events of his childhood that caused him to be interested in the military. The Bronze Star was awarded to him for his part in a rescue mission, saving men whose ship had been struck and set afire.

World War II Veteran Alvin E. Bradley, Jr. - 
Tech Sergeant, Army Air Corps | Georgia Oral History

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Alvin E. Bradley, Jr. served as a Technical Sergeant of the Army Air Corps during World War II. He talks about his time in the armed forces, including training, aircraft maintenance, and building airstrips.

World War II Veteran Donald Ogden 
- Tech Sergeant, Army Air Corps | Georgia Oral History

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Don Ogden, born May 21, 1924, was a Tech Sergeant in the U.S.Army Air Corps. Mr. Ogden flew in a B-29 as a nose turret gunner. While his training stories are insightful, it is the story of his combat and prisoner experience that commands attention. Mr. Ogden's story takes us through air battles, a war trial, into the depths of a prison camp, and along a tragic death march.

World War II Veteran Edward LaPorta 
- Tech Sergeant, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. Edward LaPorta, born June 21, 1917, served as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the North African Theater and was present at the Battle of Kasserine Pass. Mr. LaPorta explains how he actively worked to sabotage Italian munitions in Reggio while being held as a prisoner of war. He also recounts violations of the Geneva Conventions in his prison camp and why he carried a man 83 miles at the risk of losing his own life.

World War II Veteran Fredrick N. David 
- Private First Class, Marine Corps | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. Fredrick David, born in Charleston, Illinois, March 31, 1926, was a Private First Class in the Marines serving with 6th Marines division in Saipan. He recounts his father being in WWI and his brother who was captured by the Germans three times. Mr. David recalls walking through a mine field, house-to-house fighting, and kamikaze planes.

World War II Veteran Cebrick C. Bragg - 
Tech Sergeant, Army Air Corps | Georgia Oral History

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Cebrick Clyde (C.B) Bragg, born June 27, 1921, details some of his 63 missions with the 323rd Bomber Group as a Tech Sergeant in the European and Pacific theaters.

The Germans from Russia | Folk Traditions and Artwork

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Learn how the Germans from Russia are known for their Folk Healing Traditions, which are based on the practices of the Catholic Church. The German-Russians are also known for their weaving, which changed according to town and their intricate ironwork which can still be seen today on the prairie in many cemetaries. Intricate crosses brimming with lillies and roses in tribute to the dead will stand on the land for years to come.

WWII Prairie Memories | On the Battlefront and the Home Front

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Probe war stories from Norman Kuehl, Japan occupation forces, Fargo, ND; Army Infantryman James Rosendahl, Pelican Rapids, MN; U.S. Marine Donald Charpentier, Fargo, ND; and Sailor and Former Governor William Guy, Fargo, ND.

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

WWII Prairie Memories | Pilots and Presenting Arms

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Students will examine the experiences of Donald Cook, RCAF pilot, Emerson, MB; Noble Peterson, Air Corps pilot, Lemmon, SD; and U.S. Marine Dale Svingen, Fargo, ND as they share their stories in the air and in the occupation forces of World War II.

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes.

WWII Prairie Memories | At Home in the Classroom, in the Air and on the Ground

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Probe wartime experiences as related by country schoolteacher Dorothy Bork, Moorhead, MN; Canadian army cook Jack Naturkach, Winnipeg, MB; Erwin Johnson, Army Corps of Engineers, Hawley, MN;, Air Corps pilot Richard Baron, Mandan, ND; and Melvin Bork, US Army, Moorhead, MN. 

World War II veterans are extraordinary; their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Scottish Highland Clearances

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Learn about the Selkirk Settlers who came to Manitoba from the north of Scotland. They were tenant farmers there, who were being displaced by their landlord, the Countess of Sutherland, in favour of sheep farming. The families were led by Lord Selkirk, a Scottish nobleman, who purchased a large area of land from Hudson's Bay Company.

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