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Hi I'm Ian Jones and I'm in a Holocaust Remembrance class currently learning about appreciation of veterans and the history they have encountered. We realize that Veterans carry knowledge that is impossible to learn through a textbook and we have been asked to interview a Veteran from any war from World War II to the current Iraq theater. Even if you had not seen combat you are eligible for a few questions I would like to pose so if anyone would please consider posting here I will add my questions (It's only about 30 or so) and I will gladly appreciate any answers!

Thank you so much and God bless you all!

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if anyone chooses to do this interview it is in now way connected with hadit.com and should be done by email.

we do occasionally get requests like this, but always be cautious about giving information out to anyone on the internet.

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No I swear this is not malicious or commercially related in any way. I am a Porter Ridge High School senior just doing a report and figured this would be a good source of information.

You can reach me at Caerlean@gmail.com

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Ian,

I would like to recommend to you (and your fellow students) a web site:

http://college.usc.edu/vhi/

This is the University of Southern California "SHOA" web site - financed almost entirely by Steven Spielberg.

And, as I am a member of the JWV (Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.) Post #256, I would like to also recommend that you contact the JWV national headquarters in Washington, DC (I don't have the National's contact information handy, but you can get that by Google). They can direct you to some of their archives and some of our members who actually participated in the release of Holocaust survivors of the camps. Some of these men are in their eighties and there are fewer and fewer of them. Mr. Spielberg has made sure and gotten personal interviews with as many of these Veterans as possible and you can access their interviews via the above given website of the Univerisity of Southern California.

Thank you for your interest.

Never Forget!

Baruch Hashem

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Since Tuesday is Veterans Day, maybe you could go to your town's parade and ask around. We vets are easy to spot at these parades, because we are usually either hunched over using a cane, or sitting in a wheelchair, but we still hold our heads high and place our hand over our hearts when the colors pass in review. The "U.S. (fill in the service branch here) Veteran hat's usually give us away, too. :)

If your town isn't having a parade, maybe another local town nearby is. If that doesn't work, maybe there is a VA Medical Center nearby. Good luck!

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So here are the questions- Please email me with your answers.

This is greatly appreciated and it would mean a lot to me if I could get your responses. Feel free to pass any questions you do not feel comfortable answering.

1. Why did you join the service? What branch of the military?

2. Where were you living at the time?

3. Why did you pick the branch that you were in?

4. Do you recall your first days in the service?

5. What did it feel like to be in the service?

6. What was your boot camp like?

7. Do you remember your instructors?

8. Did you do anything special to get through the training?

9. Where did you go for your training?

10. Where did you go after boot camp?

11. What were your job assignments?

12. Did you see combat?

13. Were there many casualties in your unit?

14. What were some of your memorable experiences?

15. Were you a POW?

16. Were you awarded any medals or citations, and if so how did you get there?

17. How did you stay in touch with your family?

18. What was the food like?

19. Did your unit have enough supplies?

20. Did you feel much pressure or stress?

21. Did you do anything special for good luck?

22. What did you do for entertainment?

23. What did you do on leave?

24. Where did you travel during the service?

25. Do you remember any humorous or unusual events?

26. Were there many prank on you or other officers?

27. What did you think of the other officers and soldiers?

28. Did you see or experience any discrimination in the service?

29. Did you keep a personal diary?

30. Do you recall the day your service ended?

31. What did you do in the days and weeks after you returned?

32. Did you go back to school or straight to work?

33. Was your education supported by the G.I. Bill?

34. Did you form any close friendships? Do you still stay in touch?

35. Did you join a veteran's organization?

36. What kind of activities does your post have?

37. Do you attend reunions?

38. Did your military experience influence views on today's military and war?

39. How did the service affect your life?

Thank you very much for your time. God bless!

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