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Walt and Juanita Ramsey

Later in the program, Walt and Juanita Ramsey of Herrin share their stories of life at war and on the homefront during the World War. While Walt was serving in the Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, Juanita worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in a giant aircraft factory in Michigan that produced thousands of heavy bombers for the war effort. During the summer of 1944, the Ramsey's lives were turned upside down when Walt was shot down on a bombing mission over Europe. Walt Ramsey survived bailing out of his exploding bomber and trekked nearly two months across Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia with Marshall Tito's partisan forces before being airlifted to safety.

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