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Gerald Raschke, Betty Wrigley Frank Moscardelli - World War II

Frank Moscardelli, an infantryman, Gerald (Jerry) Raschke, tail gunner on a B-26 medium bomber and Betty Wrigley, who worked in the Puget Sound shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, were interviewed on stage at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s Union Theater in an event entitled "An Evening with World War II Veterans." They appeared onstage on November 7, 2019, just days before Veterans Day, as the capstone program supporting the Presidential Museum’s exhibit “In This Great Struggle – The Greatest Generation Remember World War II.” Each of them have been interviewed separately. The evening concluded with an extensive Q and A session with the audience.

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Abstract

Interview Session (Audio)

An Evening with WW II Veterans

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Caption:
The capacity audience at the Museum’s Union Theater were fascinated by the stories of the three WW II veterans on stage.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Nov 7, 2019

Ownership:
ALPLM photo

Caption:
An overflow crowd in the Museum’s Union Theater came out to hear the stories of three World War II veterans. 

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Nov 7, 2019

Ownership:
ALPLM photo

Caption:
Frank Moscardelli’s official wartime photograph. 

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
Nov 7, 2019

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption:
This photo of Jerry Raschke in the spring of 1945 shows the signs of his 61 combat missions over enemy territory in Europe. The photo was taken at the 320th’s air station near . 

Where:
Dijon, France

When:
Spring 1945

Ownership:
This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption:
Eleanor Goebel, Betty’s cousin’s wife, ran a photo shop in Bremerton, WA. Betty took her photo in a booth there on her 18th birthday. 

Where:
Bremerton, WA

When:
18th birthday

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
The panel of WW II veterans are on stage at the Museum’s Union Theater on November 7, 2019. 

Where:
Springfield, Illinois 

When:
November 7, 2019

Ownership:
ALPLM photo



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