WSIU InFocus Episode #407 — Detail Information
Honor & Sacrifice
Larry Breeze
Length: 15:23

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When the war in Europe came to an end in the spring of 1945, Lawrence Breeze was the only original member left from the ten men in his anti-tank unit that had shipped out of New York harbor the previous October. Two were dead, including one of Breeze's best friends, and the rest had been sent home wounded. In this segment, Breeze recounts the horror of his wartime experiences during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany during the final months of World War II. Breeze survived the war and is a retired professor of European history who taught at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. His story is one of many documented by WSIU as a part of "Honor & Sacrifice: WSIU Remembers World War II", a companion project to the fall 2007 Ken Burns World War II documentary series, The War.

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Honor & Sacrifice
Walt & Juanita Ramsey
Length: 9:46

Description:
Walt and Juanita Ramsey of Herrin have a lifetime of memories from more than 60-years of marriage, but there were two terrible months during the Second World War that will always remind them of how precious their time together has been. Walt was a ball turret gunner aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses while Juanita worked in a bomber factory in Michigan to be near her husband's training bases before he was stationed overseas. In 1944, while on a bombing mission to Munich, Walt was shot down over the former Yugoslavia, barely escaping the plane as it blew up around him. Listed as missing in action, his wife and family waited anxiously for news for nearly two months until Juanita received a telegram reporting that Walt was alive. He had been rescued by Communist partisans who risked their lives by smuggling him to a place where he could safely be flown back to American-held territory in Italy. This story was features as part of a project to collect stories from World War II veterans. Learn more about Honor & Sacrifice: WSIU Remembers World War II.

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http://www3.wsiu.org/television/infocusarchive/detailinfo.php?record=259