These are the Stories of the Lives & Experiences of members of the Greatest Generation from Saugerties
The Veterans of World War Two
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The Battle of Bihain, Belgium - Clifford Snyder
A Night Patrol - Clifford Snyder
The History of the USS Hornet CV-12 - Dominick Giarraputo
Captured Japanese Flag - Dick Whitaker & Tom McCarthy
Articles by Richard Whitaker
Glasco Young Man in Battle - Nicholas Ascienzo
The Battle of BIHAIN, Belgium
Clifford Snyder, 2nd Platoon, C-Company, 330 Infantry, 83rd Div
A Night Patrol
The above picture was taken the day after the squad had left from two weeks of combat in the Hartz Mountains. The war in Europe would end just two weeks later. Cliff was squad leader at this time as the previous Leader Don Battershell had been sent back just prior to entering the Hartz Mountains due to damage to his feet by frostbite. Cliff is the first man on the left in the front row.
Dominick A Giarraputo QM3 USN
Taken during WW2
Dominick & his Grandsons
"A Kamikaze just misses USS Hornet. This picture was taken on the USS Hornet (CV-12) off Okinawa during April 1945 by Photographer’s Mate 2/c Paul D. Guttman, and it was definitely not taken with a telephoto lens! The black specks visible in the midst of the blast aren't flaws in the film, they're bits of shrapnel from the exploding plane. Paul was knocked unconscious by the blast, and came to later, in sick bay. He wasn't even aware that he'd taken this picture until sometime later, after the film was developed!" "The other carrier visible in the background, wreathed in smoke from the firing of her own AA guns, is supposedly USS Intrepid (CV-11) [(?)]."
Shown here after weathering a typhoon on June 4–5, 1945. She continued on despite the damage and when it was too dangerous to launch over the bow, she backed into the wind until there was enough wind across the deck to safely launch planes. Compare these photos to those of Wasp (CV-18) and Bennington (CV-20).
Richard Whitaker Fox Company 29th Marines Sixth Marine Divison
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas P Ascienzo USAF Retired
From the B-26 Marauder over the Salerno Bridgehead during WW2
to the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress - 22 years 7 months of Service