Veterans History Project

Watch all seven of the videos taken for the Veteran’s History project below:

Dale VanBlair
This video was recorded at the St. Paul Nursing Home as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Kyle Daniels interview veteran Dale VanBlair, a ninety-six (96) year old WWII veteran who lived to tell his story. He was unable to make the trip to Sparta, but wanted to share his story. Library employees Kyle and Lynette agreed to go to Mr. VanBlair’s residence to video and listen to him. He spoke of his experience as a Tail-Gunner as a member of a B-24 crew, flying missions over German-held territory. He talked about his special friend named Shorty and he shared his near death experience of losing one engine from the B-24 Bomber and ending up in icy waters for over an hour before his rescue, only to name a few. His story will keep you in emotional suspense. The Library was able to obtain an autographed copy of his book, LOOKING BACK, A Tail Gunner’s View of WWII be sure to check this book out at the Sparta Public Library.

Gary Stork
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Jonathan Williams interview veteran Gary Stork. The interview covers several topics all related to Gary Stork’s service in the United States Army.

Gene Morganstern
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Samantha McManus interview veteran Gene Morganstern. The interview covers several topics all related to Gene Morganstern’s service in the United States Air Force.

Jack Bivens
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Samantha McManus interview veteran Jack Bivens. The interview covers several topics all related to Jack Biven’s service in the United States Marines.

Larry Ruebke
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Jonathan Williams interview veteran Larry Ruebke. The interview covers several topics all related to Larry Ruebke’s service in the United States Army.

Kenny Vosholler
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Samantha McManus interview veteran Kenny Vosholler. The interview covers several topics all related to Kenny Vosholler’s service in the United States Navy.

John Kirby
This video was recorded at the Sparta Public Library as part of the Veterans History Project. In it you will hear Kolton Jones interview veteran John Kirby. The interview covers several topics all related to John Kirby’s service in the United States Navy.