Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 9, 2012

Honoring Uncle Richard and other vets


Several of the vets who made the trip in 2004 are gone. He and others are in nursing homes. Time is taking a toll.

The war ended 67 years ago. A 19-year-old soldier in 1945 is now 86, far beyond average life expectancy. Many vets are in their 90s.

The VA says less than two million of the 16 million WWII vets are still living. They are dying at the rate of about 900 per day.

As we honor all veterans, shouldn’t we be collecting photos and other souvenirs from those still with us?

What about oral histories of their remembrances from that great war?

­Thanks, Uncle Richard, you’ll always be my hero.


Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead, Ky., News. Contact him at

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