Five local veterans from Western Pennsylvania’s Forest County recently shared their stories of military service with the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, recording partner with the Veterans Breakfast Club.
Tionesta’s Victor Miesel, a Pittsburgh native and WW II Army Air Corps veteran, helped coordinate and host the special recording event held at Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church just outside of Tionesta. “My daughter in Texas really wanted me to tell my story,” said Mr. Miesel, “so that’s what I did. I’m 94 years old, but I tried to remember as much as I could.”
“We could not have asked for a more interesting day of amazing stories,’ said Kevin Farkas, founder and director of Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh. “The experiences of Victor Miesel, Lou Weingard, Rick Witherell, Lewis Cooke, and Bernie Pular range from the southern islands of the Pacific, post war Japan, deserts of Kuwait, jungles of Vietnam, and the mountains of Korea.”
The Forest Press covered the event by posting a front-page story about the veterans. “I’m getting a lot of great feedback from all over,” Victor Miesel boasted. “People really enjoy hearing these stories. The Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh group did a very fine job!”
With generous support from the Veterans Breakfast Club, Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh preserves and shares the voices, images, and experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans of all branches of service and eras, including peace and war-time service.