Paul Zolbrod

. . Paul G. Zolbrod of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania was shipped off to the Army during the heart of winter, 1953.  He was twenty, and like so many other young men during the 1950s, Mr. Zolbrod was drafted into a quietly raging military conflict on the Korean peninsula.  Some call it The Forgotten

Al Zimmerman

. . Al Zimmerman was still in high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he still remembers people screaming about what had happened and listening to the radio for more information.  He had an older brother stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii, and unlike today it took several weeks for

Ron Worstell

. . Ron Worstell was drafted into the Army after dropping out of college in March 1968.  He was shipped to Vietnam in September 1968.  After several patrols, he asked for the job of radio operator, which required him to haul a 26-pound radio pack on missions with the First Infantry

Rick Witherell

. . Rick Witherell of Tionesta, Pennsylvania served in the Army at the end of the Cold War, but when his reserve unit was called up during the Gulf War, he deployed to Kuwait. Despite being the first day of spring 2014, it snowed the day we preserved the stories of

Bill Winowich

. . Bill Winowich became a medic in the US Army, but he spent his first couple of days in the army as a patient in the hospital–he had lost consciousness after his arm had swelled to double its size from the tetanus shot he had received. After a harrowing 16 day

John S. Williams

. . Army Captain John S. Williams of Ridgway, Pennsylvania served as a medical doctor with the 104th Medical Battalion of the 29th Division.  Shortly after his daughter Ann was born, he was killed in Normandy in 1944 when his Jeep struck a mine as it rushed to the wounded on

Leonard Weitzman

. . During WW II Leonard Weitzman served with the Army in Europe. During June 2-3, 2013, we had the fortunate opportunity to hear and preserve the stories of six Pittsburgh area WWII veterans at century old Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  As we usually did during our visits

Eugene Vish

. . Eugene R. Vish comes from a large and very patriotic family.  During WWII, three brothers served in the Pacific and three in Europe.  They all returned safely from the war and rarely talked about their service. “It’s what we had to do,” he says of America’s role in the war.

Woody Versaw

. . Woody Versaw was a first-semester student at Franklin and Marshall College hitchhiking home to see his girlfriend for her birthday when he heard the news about Pearl Harbor on a truck radio. Like many young men at that time, he dropped out of college and tried to enlist in

Dorothy Tyler

. . By her own admission, Dorothy Tyler of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania has lived a very active life. At 90, she lives up to her words–and deeds–as a respected elder and vibrant leader of her family, community, and church. During WW II, Mrs. Tyler served as another kind of leader, although she

Charles Torisky

. . Like many Korean War veterans, Mt. Lebanon’s Chuck Torisky is quiet about his service.  It was a long time ago when he was drafted into the Army for two years as a radio operator.  He was 21. When you’re young, Chuck reflects, guys think they’re bullet proof.  Invincible. Before

George Tita

. . George Tita of Koppel, PA was drafted soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor and, along with his childhood friend, Pete, served with the 691st Tank Destroyer outfit. After a stint in Bowie, TX, the outfit moved to Louisiana to finish their training.  In March of 1944, the cadre

William Tingle

. . Looking back at his service during WW II, William Tingle considers himself the luckiest man in the Army.  Poor eyesight kept him out of the Navy in 1943, but the Army found use for Bill Tingle supporting the 8th Air Force in England.  A week after the Normandy invasion,

Ken Thomas

. . Ken Thomas is from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and he’s a very good friend of Barry Campbell, both drafted during Vietnam.  In fact, both of their wives were pregnant with their first children at the time.  There is a bond there that goes deep. Ken tries not to dwell on

Frank Strano

. . During WW II, Frank R. Strano of Ambridge, Pennsylvania served with the 998th Treadway Bridge Company of the 300th Combat Engineers.   “We were not infantry,” Frank says proudly, “although we got shot at a lot, we were engineers.” And that’s how the Army’s 1943 Engineer Soldier’s Handbook puts

Alex Sopka

. . Alex Sopka grew up on the rough streets of Pittsburgh’s Northside, the son of Russian immigrants.  His father’s path towards American citizenship was to fight in WW I, where gas destroyed his lungs. Like many young men, the news of Pearl Harbor inspired Al to action but the government

Bill Sommers

. . Bill Sommer entered the US Army in June 1941 and was a member of the 28th Infantry Division.  He fought in the European theatre and finished his military service in October 1945.

Lester Snyder

. . After his University of Pittsburgh ROTC unit was activated in 1943, Lester Snyder of Dormont, PA, found himself at Ft. Bragg, NC, undergoing artillery training.  But instead of being shipped overseas, Lester enrolled in the controversial Army Specialized Training Program, where he attended college classes six days a week.

Anthony Sercel

. . Anthony J. Sercel, 95, served with the Army’s 82 Airborne Division (504th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, I Company) in Europe during WW II.  Unlike other units of the Division that prepared for the Normandy invasion, Mr. Sercel’s 504th Regiment was held back to fight in the Italian campaign–Anzio, Naples, Foggia,