Nina Contento 2018-01-09 01:04:10
All from South Jersey, World War II veterans meet for first time since stationed at Pearl Harbor. The Millville Army Air Field Museum has been working to bring World War II military history to the area and last month, they did just that. On Friday, December 29th, five World War II veterans, who were all stationed at Pearl Harbor just two years after the attack by the Japanese, were all invited to meet at the museum. “It felt incredible, I mean, this is what our mission is — to preserve World War II history,” said Lisa Jester, director of the Millville Army Air Field Museum. “So, to have five Navy World War II veterans in one room, in a conference room here today, is just incredible. We’re so happy.” All five veterans were born and raised in South Jersey. Richard Young, 92, recently learned after reading an article in the local media, that a man named Robert Westcott was still living in the area. Westcott also served at Pearl Harbor. Young reached out to the reporter to request his help to meet with Westcott. Young had hoped it was the same Westcott he had met at Pearl Harbor more than 70 years ago. After some conversation together at the museum, the two men realized they had never met prior. Young was still happy to be able to have the opportunity to sit down with other sailors such as himself and discuss each’s individual experiences after so many decades. “I really was very interested in their stories and I liked it,” said Young. “In fact, I found the guy sitting next to me is the same age as I am.” The five men spent the morning reminiscing about their experiences in the Navy, all unsure if their paths had ever crossed in the subsequent years. “It’s nice talking with these guys,” said John “Jack” Williams. “What they remember and what I remember, we all remember something different. It’s been a few years.” If you consider 73 years to be “a few.” “It’s very heartwarming,” said Robert Trivellini, board vice president of the Millville Army Air Field Museum. “We’ve had opportunities before to get veterans together who had similar service. The fact that these five Navy Veterans who were all in the Pacific are in the same room, talking about shared experiences, it’s just phenomenal.” The Millville Army Air Field Museum will continue to bring military veterans together just like they were able to do last month and record their experiences for future generations. “We have the Veteran Interview Project, which has interviewed about 127 veterans over the year,” said Trivellini. “The majority of them were World War II veterans.” To learn more about the Veteran Interview Project at the museum visit the website p47millville.org.
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