U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Raaen enjoyed a long and distinguished military career that included excelling at West Point, storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. Now 93, he doesn’t like to look back but he knows it’s important to preserve his stories for history. He shares his remarkable memories.
Wait, WOMEN in WWII flew fighter planes? They sure did, playing a vital role in helping to preserve our freedom. Meet two unforgettable women in their 90s, one who takes to the skies after 70 years and the other with truly inspirational stories to tell.
Do you know the people or places in these photos? They feature World War II veterans, captured on film but so far, unidentified. The Rescued Film Project has undertaken a massive project — taking previously undeveloped rolls of film, found in locations all over the world and processing them in the hopes that people can help put names to the faces and places featured in the photos.
World War II vet Ernie Andrus is 91 years old and always looking for a new adventure. So he’s currently running — yes, running! — across the country on a mission to preserve an important battleship and return it to Normandy Beach.
Alene Duerk is a true American pioneer. She shares the fascinating story of how she rose through the ranks, from registered nurse to becoming the nation’s first rear admiral. Now 94, she’s still as passionate and engaged as ever.
In his 97 years, Dr. James Huger has broken barrier after barrier of racial discrimination. From being among the first African-American soldiers to integrate the Marines to his friendship with Dr. King, he shares his incredible stories.
Joanie Schirm is a retired CEO who, in many ways, represents the new face of retirement. She’s still learning, still growing, still active in her community and still working. Only these days, she’s working on a passion project — genealogy.
The Tuskegee Airmen have been immortalized for their heroism in WWII. They fought two wars, one against the Axis powers, the other against prejudice at home. Fewer than 50 Red Tail pilots are alive today, so we jumped at the chance to meet three.
For decades, Ken Hechler has served his country and witnessed the biggest moments in history. He interrogated Hitler’s top commanders before Nuremberg, marched with Dr. King on Selma and taught alongside Einstein. Now 97, he’s still making history.
Dr. Eugene Jewett was a Cornell and Harvard-educated physician with a passion for engineering. His inventions not only saved his patients but forever changed orthopedic care around the world. His passion for giving back and innovating will inspire.