Preserving The Stories Of WW2 Veterans

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It's the laundry bag 1st Lieutenant Bianca Giangregorio used when she was in the Army Nurse Corps in World War II.

Bianca, now Bianca Amthor, still uses it today. 

Ask the 91 year old Watertown woman about her war-time experiences and she'll be happy to fill you in.

That's quite a bit different from the way she felt when she first returned from Europe.

"You didn't talk about it much - we were all sick of it. We were all glad to just go home, get back to what you ordinarily did," she said.

Bianca's story is among World War II memories being preserved through "Veterans Voices." 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has partnered with the state military museum to videotape and archive the stories of World War II veterans. 

Bianca's story is compelling.

She served in France during the Battle of the Bulge and was in Reims, France for the victory parade in front of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Then, there's 93 year old Walter Corsa of Redwood. 

He was in the Army Air Force.

One of his early assignments was training in Florida.

"That's when the Germans were sinking ships off the coast of Florida with submarines and we had to have a guard walk the post along the ocean," said Walter.

Walter was a crew chief on a B-17 and flew several combat missions, one of which drew German fire.

Now his story is preserved as well.

"I'd like to think I leave a little history and I hope I did some good in this world and I think i did," he said.

If you're a World War II veteran and want to share your story, call Senator Ritchie's office at 782-3418.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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