As part of their study of World War II, Mr. Young's U. S. History students visited with over 30 guests who were involved in the war effort, many as veterans. The Living History Day - WWII era gave students the opportunity to learn from primary sources. The guests, most of which are in their early to mid-80s, brought in pictures, medals, displays, and memoribilia from the time period. Students asked them questions about such events as Peral Harbor, D-Day, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Furthermore, students were able to visit with veterans who served in all branches of the U. S. armed forces.
Some of the stories that were shared brought tears. On the other hand, students found it enjoyable to learn about what life must have been like as a teenager in the 1930s, in comparison to today. Many of the guests admitted that they were hessitant to visit Roseburg High School; not knowing how today's generation would perceive them. In the end, the men and women learned that we do respect those that survived the Great Depression and the Second World War, and will never forget the sacrifice they made for our present day freedom. Some of the guests included Arnie Ebert who described the horrors that he witnessed at the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France; Al Berkshire who told small groups about Hitler's last major offensive at the Battle of the Bulge (which he took part in); Leo Kraft who shared the perspective of an Allied bomber pilot; Edna Carl (the wife of the late Major General Marion Carl and Donna Mae Smith who was the first female trumpet player in U. S. military history. At the end of each class period, Donna Mae gave tribute to all of our fallen veterans by playing Taps. The Living History experience was a most memorable experience that will hopefully become tradition at Roseburg High School.
Mr. Young Stands with Edna Carl, The wife of the late Major General Marion Carl.