Bob Pike, Althea Williams, Harold Kennedy, Veteran's Day,
Edora Park, Nov. 14, 1999
In 1995 the City of Fort Collins held a year long
celebration recognizing the contributions of our World War II
veterans. June 6, 1995 was the fiftieth anniversary of the
D-Day Invasion of Europe. The Local History Archive conducted
an oral history project of Fort Collins veterans and citizens
that focused on this time period.
World War II Oral History Excerpts
Many volunteers made this project possible. Jane
Blandford, Arlene Ahlbrandt, Jonathan Held, Linda Bell, Joan
Day, and Sharon Lance assisted Rheba Massey, Local History
Librarian with the interviews. Linda Bell, Cindy Lechner,
Hilde Hobbs, Jan Bishop, Clair Sawicki, Shirley Ruiz, Nancy
Wagner, Tracy Palmier, Gwinyi Lu, Jenn Martinez, Laura Demko,
Susan Hoyt, and Charlotte Myers transcribed the interviews.
Nancy Kovats Lea volunteered to read the interviews and
excerpt some of the highlights of each life story. Peggy
Shaughnessy designed the web pages. A special thank you to
each of the volunteers and narrators for sharing their lives,
time, and expertise with the citizens of Fort Collins.
Voices of the 20th Century offers historical audio clips from WWII, and
The Melvin C. Shaffer Photographic Collection provides
photographs of World War II in Europe and North Africa.