“Hello. I’m Jane Hanson, and I’m proud to bring you the stories of our nations heroes, their words never heard before, in this compelling series “Unspoken, Now Told: Soldier Stories.” The footage that you’re about to watch is part of an on-going mission to document the wartime stories of our nation’s military veterans, from World War II through today’s conflicts, all in the voices of the men and the women who fought for our freedom, facing down enemies poised to change our way of life. First in the series, this moving and thought-provoking video gives us a new look into the World War II experience through previously undocumented first-person accounts. Each story is told by the solider himself. Many of these stories have been left unspoken, until now.”
World War II (1939 – 1945)
World War II was fought by the majority of the world’s countries, and was fought in virtually all corners of the globe. The great powers were divided into two alliances: the Allies (including United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union and China,) and the Axis (including Nazi Germany, Kingdom of Italy and Empire of Japan). The war was fought in many theatres, chiefly the Atlantic and Pacific, lasting over six years. Along with scores of battlefield causalities due to advances in warfare weaponry, WWII also shed light on the heinous acts perpetrated during the Holocaust and saw the first usage of nuclear bombs — marking it as the deadliest military conflict in recorded history (with some records totaling 85 million fatalities). Ultimately, the Allies triumphed; leading to the annihilation of Nazi Germany and the dissolution of the Italian and Japanese empires.
Alvin Gerson | Seaman First Class/Musician 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Navy Band/Guard Duty | Served the Mariana Islands | Received the following medals for his service: Overseas Service and Good Conduct Medal
Joseph James Federel | Radio Operator 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, K Division | Served in the Pacific Theater during WWII | Received the following medals for his service: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal
John J. Zaffuto | Private First Class, 35th Infantry Division, 320th Infantry Regiment, Company C | Served in England, France and Germany | Received the following medals for his service: Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African- Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge.
Stanley M. Feltman | Corporal; U.S. Army Air Corps. | Served in the Pacific Theater during WWII
Thomas Trabucco | Private First Class, U.S. Army, U.S. 4th Infantry Division / Expert Gunner & Carbine Marksman, U.S. Air Force | Served in France, Germany, Belgium and England during WWII | Received the following medals for his service: Bronze Star, Special Combat Infantryman Badge and New York State Conspicuous Service Star
Thomas J. Morris | Staff Sergeant, Engineer Gunner; Army Air Corps; 319th Bomb Group, 437th Squadron | Served in Japan, China and Korea | Received the following medals for his service: Three Air Medals (Okinawa, China and Japan) and The Distinguished Flying Cross