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"Kyle,

I'm passing your request along to some editors for publishing.

I'm also going to put you in contact with my friend Jeff Lofton of

the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American

Folklife Center in Washington D.C. Be sure to visit that site at

www.loc.gov/vets

I'm including Berta of http://hadit.com in this too so that she may

consider posting your request there.

Good luck!

Jim

2008/7/20 kyle nappi <knap607@yahoo.com>:

> 7/20/08

>

>

>

> Hello. My name is Kyle Nappi. I am 18 years old and I live in Ostrander,

> Ohio ( USA ). I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

>

>

>

> I have a big interest in history, specifically WWII. I collect military

> medals, patches, badges, insignia, field gear, and a very unique thing,

> veteran autographs. I have a collection of autographs from military veterans

> who served during WWI, WWII, Korea , Vietnam , Gulf War, and the present war

> in Iraq .

>

>

>

> I have been interested in history for over 6 years now, and I have collected

> the autographs and stories from nearly 1,600 veterans in 20 countries. The

> oldest veteran is currently 112 years old and the youngest enlisted at age

> 14. I have autographs from Pearl Harbor survivors, D-Day veterans, airman,

> POWs, USS Indianapolis survivors, Holocaust survivors, and even German

> soldiers!

>

>

>

> Back in June (of 2007), I was interview by PBS, to talk about my collection

> for an interview that was to be shown online (

>

> YouTube). After that, I was interviewed for "The Columbus World War II

> Roadshow." They mentioned that it was to come on (in Central-Ohio) before

> some of the episodes of Ken Burns' "The War." You can find this interview on

> YouTube under "Kyle Nappi."

>

>

>

> I was recently interviewed by the American Legion for an article that will

> appear in their August magazine. Here is an internet link to the online

> article (different than the magazine article, which will appear in August)

>

> http://www.legion.org/whatsnew/publication...er/story?id=635

>

>

>

> There have been several other people have taken the time to post my request

> online and in newspapers. There are too many for me to list, but if you go

> to

>

> Google or Yahoo and search "Kyle Nappi" you can find most of them.

>

>

>

> Recently, I also had the privilege of going to Washington, D.C. during the

> early part of March. I was invited to the Pentagon for a Ceremony honoring

> WWI veterans. I was able to meet with the last American WWI veteran, Frank

> Buckles.

>

>

>

> I have attached a questionnaire with this E-mail. It includes some basic

> questions I have for military veterans about their service time. I was

> wondering if it is possible to provide any veterans (who are interested)

> with my questionnaire, put me in touch with them, or pass along the word

> about my collection. If possible could they print off the questionnaire,

> autograph it, and mail it to me for my collection (my address is below).

> Please let me know if this is possible.

>

>

>

> If not, is it possible to post my request?

>

>

>

> My main purpose for writing it to share with you that there are people from

> my generation who do remember the past and the sacrifices that were made for

> our great country. I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the word

> around that there are people who remember, along with the information about

> my collection. Thank you very much for your time.

>

>

>

> Sincerely,

>

>

>

> Kyle Nappi"

>

>

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