Writing About Veterans

I’m a few days late, but in honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m sharing a few articles I’ve written.

‘We missed the honor of combat’

For most Americans, Dec. 7, 1941, meant the attack on Pearl Harbor and the country’s entry into World War II.

For William Howard Chittenden, who’d been serving as a Marine in China for more than a year at that point, it meant the beginning of his time as a prisoner of war.
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Homeless vets shelter helps transform lives

Franklin Everett, 53, is a big man with a deep voice that resonates through the halls of the two-story, 100-year-old building that houses the Nicholas Larson Home for Veterans, the official name of the housing development at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV).

Everett, originally from Chicago, had a steady job. But after going on a drug binge, he found himself unemployed with nowhere to go, “as the story goes so often,” he said.
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Memoirs of a World War II Buffalo Soldier

On his dining room table James “Pat” Daugherty had arranged some old faded photographs from his Army days, his Bronze Star, a copy of his recently published World War II memoir, The Buffalo Saga, and his olive-drab steel helmet, marred near the visor by a chunk of now-rusted iron.
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