Recently, the November 2009 issue of World War II magazine, showed a caption on it's front cover, depicted on the left:
The special report goes on to say:
"Of the 16,112,566 American veterans of the Second World War, fewer than 2.5 million remain alive. With another 311,000 projected to die this year, they are passing at the rate of 852 a day, or 35 an hour, or about one every two minutes. Sometime around Christmas 2014, the number will dip below one million, according to demographic tables compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a decade later, in 2024, fewer than 100,000 will remain. In 2036, the latest year for which figures have been calculated, the cohort that fought and won the most destructive war in human history will be reduced to 370 survivors, less than half the size of an infantry battalion."
The whole article, which can be read on the Historynet website, explains in detail what will be lost when "The Greatest Generation" will have faded into history.
For years I have been reading about World War II, be it about a Naval battle in the Pacific, a landing in the Meditarrenean, an airborne jump over Holland, a wolf-pack attack in the Atlantic, a bombing raid by the USAAC, or the civilian contribution to the war effort. Reading the above mentioned article made me decide to do my part in the effort of preserving history, by combining my interest in the military history of World War II with my hobby of website building.
I live in Falls Church, VA, and intend to interview local veterans from all branches of service and put their eyewitness accounts on this website, to share with the world.
If you would like to participate in this project, or know anybody who would, please contact me.
The letters "fc" in the domain name were meant to stand for Falls Church, but you could also read it as Fairfax County. While there are geographical limitations to this project, I obviously don't want to turn you away and have your story go untold. So even if you live outside these areas, and would like to participate, please contact me.
Pim van Wijngaarden