Over the past 12 years, Larry Martin has conducted more than 75 interviews with World War II veterans. Join us at the Brighton District Library Tuesday, May 29 from 7–8:30 p.m. for Larry Martin’s WWll: In Their Own Words.
Martin’s program will feature the story of Don Goss, a 29th Infantry Division veteran who went ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Goss fought at Omaha Beach and the hedgerow country in France. Martin’s video of Goss is a sampling of the many interviews of World War ll veterans that he’s conducted over the years.
Martin’s interest in the history of WWII began as a child, but it was later as an adult that he understood what life could have been like if the United States had lost WWII. In 2000 Martin began to conduct interviews of those who were front line combatants. Over the past 12 years, he has conducted dozens of interviews. Among them are four women, two German soldiers, and a Dutch underground fighter. There are men who were at Pearl Harbor, men who were POW’s of the Japanese and the Germans. One woman lived under Japanese rule for nearly four years while her husband was being used as slave labor on the Burma/Thailand RR project.
Martin’s DVD Larry Martin's World War II: In Their Own Words, is based on one man’s dedication to bringing the stories of WWII to as many people as possible. His goal is to educate future generations about the history of World War II and to foster an appreciation for the hardships endured by all veterans. “Today we take for granted the great freedoms and personal safety that we have. All of our freedoms were gained at a great cost by veterans who gave to us freely,” said Martin.
Attendees of the program will also have an opportunity to see memorabilia including weapons, photos, newspapers, and more. Those interested in Martin’s story can visit his website at http://www.lmww2.com/index.html.
The Brighton District Library is located at 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. Visit http://brightonlibrary.info/larry_martins_world_war_ii_his_own_words for information about this program or call 810-229-6571, ext. 227.