On September 15, we lost one of our treasured VBC WWII veterans, Frank Regina. Frank was one of the last Pearl Harbor survivors left in the Pittsburgh area. Frank was a sailor aboard the USS Utah in Pearl Habor on the morning of December 7, 1941. A Japanese torpedo hit the ship and exploded. Frank jumped into the water and swam to Ford Island. It was only the beginning of several hard years of battle at sea aboard the light crusier USS St. Louis, “Lucky Lou,” which earned a stunning 11 battle stars in the Pacific. Frank’s ship would be torpedoed and hit by a Japanese kamikaze, but never sunk. He told his story at our Veterans Breakfast Club event in Penn Hills on June 1, 2018. We salute you, Frank, and will miss you greatly.
The VBC’s 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Springwood Manor in Verona, Pennsylvania, featured the recognition and celebration of five wonderful American military veterans. Four of them were honored as the VBC’s 2018 Veteran Voices of the Year. To view their honoree videos, click on their names below.
On Monday, April 9, the VBC with Peters Township Public Library hosted a fascinating and wide-ranging panel discussion of Ken Burns PBS series “The Vietnam War.” The featured four Vietnam veterans as panelists (Andy Nigut, Ed Blank, George Dvorznak, and Ron Worstell) and then opened the floor up to comments and questions. The discussion delved into controversial and contentious issues, and there was much disagreement among the veterans. But the discourse was civil and respectful and always enlightening. Volunteer Bob Donnan recorded the event in its entirety, and we’re grateful to Bob for capturing and preserving this memorable community conversation. We’re also grateful to Peters Township Public Library for hosting us!
Longest War is a special podcast of the Veterans Breakfast Club, featuring the stories and experiences of Pittsburgh-area post-9/11 veterans.
The Veterans Breakfast Club records public storytelling events so that local veterans of all branches of service and eras can share their memories. Click on the video below to listen to our most recent full recording, followed by more complete episodes and individual stories. Episodes and recordings can also be downloaded in a variety of formats to keep and share.