World War II exhibit is composed of photographs and excerpts
from essays by Chadron State College students. Interviewees from
the Nebraska Panhandle and surrounding areas include numerous
decorated combat veterans, a member of the Merchant Marine, military
wives, WACs, cooks, medical technicians, women who ran the ranches
or worked in munitions factories at home and a military band
member. The project honors those who served their country during
and recognizes the value of living history in the education of
Chadron State College students. The following quotations exemplify
the variety of experiences recorded.
were coming from every direction, and there were dead Marines
all around me Every so often, the firing would slow
up, and we would move up the beach. That first day and night
on the island was the longest 24 hours I ever had."
WWII Veteran at two Iwo Jima
with three other men, had been pulled aside and had been taught
some barbering while we were at boot camp
So, one of my jobs now was to cut some of the concentration camp
victims' hair When I ran the clippers up over the top of these
people's heads, my clippers were Just bloody. There were that
many lice on their heads."
Milton Grantham (deceased)
I woke up, I got a cup of hot water. At 10:00 a.m., I got a
of bread. Then at 12:00, I got dehydrated cabbage
or green soup. In the evening I got a few potatoes."
WWII Veteran and POW
have failed... You let yourself down. You let your division
down. You let your
You let your parents down. You let your friends down. And you
have to live with that."
WWII Veteran and POW
"A warrior is committed to picking up the
dead and wounded Many Indians who won medals during the war
were helping to pick up
those left behind"
Phillip C. Good Buffalo (deceased)
WWII Veteran, Silver Star Recipient
Online Exhibit Gallery
The WWII project was jointly funded by Chadron State
College and the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher
Education. CSC is a state supported institution of higher education
located in Chadron, Nebraska. It is the only
four year college serving the western half of the state. Due
to its location in the northwest corner of the state, CSC also
serves a significant number of students from the surrounding
states of Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota. For more information
about CSC call 1-800-CHADRON or visit http://www.csc.edu