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ZONE ZEROS IN ON WORLD WAR II

By:  Elizabeth Weise  

 

Published   Friday 6/27/98

 

The best way to understand what World War II meant to veterans who lived through it is to hear it in their own words.  You can do that at The Drop Zone (www.thedropzone.org), a virtual museum with a haunting collection of oral histories of paratroopers and glidermen, the US Army's elite infantry units.

Patrick O'Donnell, 28, started interviewing vets in 1992.  Six volunteers and 400 interviews later, he has created a living memorial and reunion hall where 200 vets ages 73 to 100 reminisce.

Deane Marks describes a tank explosion in 1945 near Manila that killed five men before his eyes.  Bradley Biggs shares snapshots of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the first African-American parachute infantry battalion.

Every day is Memorial Day at this moving site.

 

1998 USA Today