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Veterans short stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection.

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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep28): Victor Miesel: In All Those Years

Victor Miesel In All Those Years In this episode of the podcast, WWII Army Air Corps veteran Victor Miesel of Tionesta, Pennsylvania talks about his coming home from the Pacific Islands at age 26. At age 80, Victor realized that his family had never asked him about his service, and so he decided to share his story so that future generations will not forget what he and his fellow soldiers endured. Victor Miesel spent the war years in the South Pacific serving with the Army Air Corps. His support role kept planes flying and helped move forward the massive Allied build-up towards Japan. Although he served in the rear of the front lines, his squadron repeatedly came under attack and suffered tremendous casualties. Yet, despite the dangers, Victor and his outfit carried out their duties with speed and efficiency–they had to. “We assembled thirty trucks one day,” he says proudly. “The boys up front needed them and we delivered.” Like so many other GIs after the war, Victor put his ex...

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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep27): That’s Loss

That's Loss WWII Voices from Lighthouse Pointe On this episode ofArgot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, we hear the voices of six WWII veterans from Lighthouse Pointe independent living community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--all of whom are no longer with us to share their stories and experiences. This sample from the oral history collection of WWII stories features the voices of (in order of appearance) Robert Riethmiller (US Army), Charles Kelley (US Army Air Corps), Paul Hanna (US Army), Jack Rominger (US Marines), William Fisher (US Navy), Francis Burket (US Marines). The Lighthouse Pointe series captures the first-and historical experiences of WW II veterans.In addition to talking about their war-time service, these veterans also share stories about the homefront and what it was like living in Pittsburgh during the war years, their thoughts about WW II, President Truman and the atomic, patriotism, and today’s youth. In June 20...

4 MINJUL 26
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep27): That’s Loss

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep26): Vittorio Zippi

Vittorio Zippi Shoot My Cousins On this episode ofArgot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Vittorio Zippi of Jeannette, Pennsylvania grew up in the mostly Italian community of Crabtree and was among the first to be drafted into the army during WWII. “Would you shoot the Italians?” asked his officers. “Hell yes if they were shooting at me,” Vittorio replied. “But they’re my cousins, you know,” he added, proudly recognizing his ancestry. The army was suspicious and questioned his American loyalty; that hurtful mistrust stayed with Vittorio for the rest of his life. Vittorio Zippi grew up the son of Italian immigrants in Crabtree, Pennsylvania, learning to speak English in first grade. Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army—serving as a cook, musician, medic, and barber. “Would you shoot the Italians?” asked the Army. “Hell yes if they were shooting at me,” was his reply. “But ...

3 MINJUL 4
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep26): Vittorio Zippi

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 25

CBI Mules |Al Armandariz On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, Pittsburgh WWII veteran Al Armandariz recalls the humane treatment given to army mules used in the China-Burma-India Theater. Since he was a kid, Al Armendariz had always been fascinated by medicine. He joined the army after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and entered basic training and medic training. He remembers his drill sergeant taking role call at 4:30 A.M. His motto? “We break you, or you’ll break us.” As a Latino who grew up in Los Angeles, Al experienced discrimination in the army. He was always chosen to be the one in the kitchen cleaning dishes. “I didn’t join the army to be washing forks and spoons.” He remembers how other Latinos he knew felt. “We were like prisoners,” he says. “Even when you were in your barracks, you were on call . . . it was very depressing.” Al was shipped overseas in 1944. After landing in Bombay, he...

2 MIN2018 DEC 16
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 25

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 24

Silent Night |A Christmas Vigil On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, we visit with members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 as they hold their annual overnight Christmas Vigil in remembrance of those from Beaver County killed during the Vietnam War. For 24 hours, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 holds their annual overnight Christmas Vigil at Quay Park, Beaver, Pennsylvania in remembrance of those from Beaver County killed during the Vietnam War. This recording was made December 24, 2014 by Kevin Farkas of The Social Voice Project and features (in order of appearance) the voices of Al Whitehill, Drew Grivna, Jerry Fisher, Dale Gower, Frank Petz, and Ida May Gower. __________________________________________ The audio short was originally published on December 25, 2014. It features (in order of appearance), the voices of Al Whitehill, Drew Grivna, Jerry Fisher, Dale Gower, Frank Petz, a...

5 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 24

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 23

We'll Say You a Prayer |Charlie Frank On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, WWII veteran Charlie Frank of Rochester, Pennsylvania shares a story about witnessing the fatal wounding of his assistant squad leader. Charlie Frank, Sr. of Rochester, Pennsylvania was drafted in late 1942, picking up the 94thInfantry in Kansas for a year of training. He finally came ashore in EuropeD+94at Omaha Beach, “still littered with helmets and rifles.” Charlie and The Pilgrim Division would then endure more than 209 days of combat in the campaigns of Northern France,Rhineland,Ardennes-Alsace,and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. At 94, he’s developed a sense of perspective over the years. “There was only about four of us left in our squad for awhile,” Charlie replies. “I guess the good Lord didn’t want me.” Did he ever think of the danger? “I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t scared, but I didn’t ...

1 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 23

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 22

When Your Time Comes |Charles E. Kelley On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Charles E. Kelley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shares a story about flying A-20 Havoc attack bombers over France. After high school, Chuck Kelley spent two years at Duquesne University but enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1942. He was not called up for service until February 1943. It would be five years until Chuck would return to his accounting studies at Duquesne, supported, like thousands of his fellow veterans, by the GI Bill. During the war Chuck Kelley was a bombardier, first aboard the A-20 attack bomber and then the newer A-26—the Army Air Corps’ supreme twin-engine tactical bomber. By the summer of 1944, Chuck was flying regular missions against Nazi targets—sometimes twice a day. He first flew from airbases near Corbeil-Essonnes in the north, and then Cucuron in the south of France. Unlike the rotation for lo...

4 MIN2017 MAR 26
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 22

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 20

We Were Human Beings| Robert Rose On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Robert Rose of Rochester, Pennsylvania shares a story about the cold during the Battle of the Bulge. During WWII, Robert J. Rose of New Brighton, Pa served as a cannoneer with Battery “A” of the 574th AAA Auto Weapons Battalion, 13th Armored Division. Patton’s Army. After landing in France, he and his unit moved across Europe towards a particularly stubborn German entrenchment known asThe Bulge. Mr. Rose’s job was to take out enemy aircraft by engaging the swooping threats from his M16 Halftrack–those peculiar looking war vehicles, much like the front of a commercial cargo truck welded to a tank. Atop the halftrack are swiveling machine guns–exposed and without much armor--but capable of striking the enemy at 7,000 yards. And there sat Robert Rose on April 12, 1945, feeding four, red-hot .50 caliber machine guns during an a...

3 MIN2017 JAN 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 20

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 19

My Dad | Alex Sopka On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Alex Sopka of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania shares a story about his Russian immigrant father, who was wounded by poison gas during WWI. Alex Sopka grew up on the rough streets of Pittsburgh’s Northside, the son of Russian immigrants. His father’s path towards American citizenship was to fight in WWI, where gas destroyed his lungs. Like many young men, the news of Pearl Harbor inspired Al to action but the government drafted him first–for good measure. After an unhappy stint with an Army artillery unit, Al anxiously volunteered for infamous Airborne duty as fighting against the Germans heated up in late 1944-1945. The idea of jumping out of planes to fight the enemy seems glamorous, but only in Hollywood movies. Once on the ground, if a paratrooper survives the fall, he then becomes a regular infantryman dangerously engaging the enemy nearby. “Do...

2 MIN2016 DEC 5
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Latest Episodes

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep28): Victor Miesel: In All Those Years

Victor Miesel In All Those Years In this episode of the podcast, WWII Army Air Corps veteran Victor Miesel of Tionesta, Pennsylvania talks about his coming home from the Pacific Islands at age 26. At age 80, Victor realized that his family had never asked him about his service, and so he decided to share his story so that future generations will not forget what he and his fellow soldiers endured. Victor Miesel spent the war years in the South Pacific serving with the Army Air Corps. His support role kept planes flying and helped move forward the massive Allied build-up towards Japan. Although he served in the rear of the front lines, his squadron repeatedly came under attack and suffered tremendous casualties. Yet, despite the dangers, Victor and his outfit carried out their duties with speed and efficiency–they had to. “We assembled thirty trucks one day,” he says proudly. “The boys up front needed them and we delivered.” Like so many other GIs after the war, Victor put his ex...

2 MIN6 d ago
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep28): Victor Miesel: In All Those Years

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep27): That’s Loss

That's Loss WWII Voices from Lighthouse Pointe On this episode ofArgot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, we hear the voices of six WWII veterans from Lighthouse Pointe independent living community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--all of whom are no longer with us to share their stories and experiences. This sample from the oral history collection of WWII stories features the voices of (in order of appearance) Robert Riethmiller (US Army), Charles Kelley (US Army Air Corps), Paul Hanna (US Army), Jack Rominger (US Marines), William Fisher (US Navy), Francis Burket (US Marines). The Lighthouse Pointe series captures the first-and historical experiences of WW II veterans.In addition to talking about their war-time service, these veterans also share stories about the homefront and what it was like living in Pittsburgh during the war years, their thoughts about WW II, President Truman and the atomic, patriotism, and today’s youth. In June 20...

4 MINJUL 26
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep27): That’s Loss

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep26): Vittorio Zippi

Vittorio Zippi Shoot My Cousins On this episode ofArgot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Vittorio Zippi of Jeannette, Pennsylvania grew up in the mostly Italian community of Crabtree and was among the first to be drafted into the army during WWII. “Would you shoot the Italians?” asked his officers. “Hell yes if they were shooting at me,” Vittorio replied. “But they’re my cousins, you know,” he added, proudly recognizing his ancestry. The army was suspicious and questioned his American loyalty; that hurtful mistrust stayed with Vittorio for the rest of his life. Vittorio Zippi grew up the son of Italian immigrants in Crabtree, Pennsylvania, learning to speak English in first grade. Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the Army—serving as a cook, musician, medic, and barber. “Would you shoot the Italians?” asked the Army. “Hell yes if they were shooting at me,” was his reply. “But ...

3 MINJUL 4
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection (Ep26): Vittorio Zippi

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 25

CBI Mules |Al Armandariz On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, Pittsburgh WWII veteran Al Armandariz recalls the humane treatment given to army mules used in the China-Burma-India Theater. Since he was a kid, Al Armendariz had always been fascinated by medicine. He joined the army after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and entered basic training and medic training. He remembers his drill sergeant taking role call at 4:30 A.M. His motto? “We break you, or you’ll break us.” As a Latino who grew up in Los Angeles, Al experienced discrimination in the army. He was always chosen to be the one in the kitchen cleaning dishes. “I didn’t join the army to be washing forks and spoons.” He remembers how other Latinos he knew felt. “We were like prisoners,” he says. “Even when you were in your barracks, you were on call . . . it was very depressing.” Al was shipped overseas in 1944. After landing in Bombay, he...

2 MIN2018 DEC 16
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 25

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 24

Silent Night |A Christmas Vigil On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, we visit with members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 as they hold their annual overnight Christmas Vigil in remembrance of those from Beaver County killed during the Vietnam War. For 24 hours, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 holds their annual overnight Christmas Vigil at Quay Park, Beaver, Pennsylvania in remembrance of those from Beaver County killed during the Vietnam War. This recording was made December 24, 2014 by Kevin Farkas of The Social Voice Project and features (in order of appearance) the voices of Al Whitehill, Drew Grivna, Jerry Fisher, Dale Gower, Frank Petz, and Ida May Gower. __________________________________________ The audio short was originally published on December 25, 2014. It features (in order of appearance), the voices of Al Whitehill, Drew Grivna, Jerry Fisher, Dale Gower, Frank Petz, a...

5 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 24

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 23

We'll Say You a Prayer |Charlie Frank On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative Collection, WWII veteran Charlie Frank of Rochester, Pennsylvania shares a story about witnessing the fatal wounding of his assistant squad leader. Charlie Frank, Sr. of Rochester, Pennsylvania was drafted in late 1942, picking up the 94thInfantry in Kansas for a year of training. He finally came ashore in EuropeD+94at Omaha Beach, “still littered with helmets and rifles.” Charlie and The Pilgrim Division would then endure more than 209 days of combat in the campaigns of Northern France,Rhineland,Ardennes-Alsace,and Central Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. At 94, he’s developed a sense of perspective over the years. “There was only about four of us left in our squad for awhile,” Charlie replies. “I guess the good Lord didn’t want me.” Did he ever think of the danger? “I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t scared, but I didn’t ...

1 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 23

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 22

When Your Time Comes |Charles E. Kelley On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Charles E. Kelley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shares a story about flying A-20 Havoc attack bombers over France. After high school, Chuck Kelley spent two years at Duquesne University but enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1942. He was not called up for service until February 1943. It would be five years until Chuck would return to his accounting studies at Duquesne, supported, like thousands of his fellow veterans, by the GI Bill. During the war Chuck Kelley was a bombardier, first aboard the A-20 attack bomber and then the newer A-26—the Army Air Corps’ supreme twin-engine tactical bomber. By the summer of 1944, Chuck was flying regular missions against Nazi targets—sometimes twice a day. He first flew from airbases near Corbeil-Essonnes in the north, and then Cucuron in the south of France. Unlike the rotation for lo...

4 MIN2017 MAR 26
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 22

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 20

We Were Human Beings| Robert Rose On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Robert Rose of Rochester, Pennsylvania shares a story about the cold during the Battle of the Bulge. During WWII, Robert J. Rose of New Brighton, Pa served as a cannoneer with Battery “A” of the 574th AAA Auto Weapons Battalion, 13th Armored Division. Patton’s Army. After landing in France, he and his unit moved across Europe towards a particularly stubborn German entrenchment known asThe Bulge. Mr. Rose’s job was to take out enemy aircraft by engaging the swooping threats from his M16 Halftrack–those peculiar looking war vehicles, much like the front of a commercial cargo truck welded to a tank. Atop the halftrack are swiveling machine guns–exposed and without much armor--but capable of striking the enemy at 7,000 yards. And there sat Robert Rose on April 12, 1945, feeding four, red-hot .50 caliber machine guns during an a...

3 MIN2017 JAN 20
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 20

Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 19

My Dad | Alex Sopka On this episode of Argot: Audio Short Stories from the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Collection, WWII veteran Alex Sopka of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania shares a story about his Russian immigrant father, who was wounded by poison gas during WWI. Alex Sopka grew up on the rough streets of Pittsburgh’s Northside, the son of Russian immigrants. His father’s path towards American citizenship was to fight in WWI, where gas destroyed his lungs. Like many young men, the news of Pearl Harbor inspired Al to action but the government drafted him first–for good measure. After an unhappy stint with an Army artillery unit, Al anxiously volunteered for infamous Airborne duty as fighting against the Germans heated up in late 1944-1945. The idea of jumping out of planes to fight the enemy seems glamorous, but only in Hollywood movies. Once on the ground, if a paratrooper survives the fall, he then becomes a regular infantryman dangerously engaging the enemy nearby. “Do...

2 MIN2016 DEC 5
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Argot: Audio Short Story Collection – Episode 19
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