WWII vets open up to high school students - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

WWII vets open up to high school students

Posted: Updated:
  • Viral StoriesMore>>

  • New app helps teens calm anxiety

    New app helps teens calm anxiety

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:46:49 GMT
    Anxiety disorders affect one in eight teens. There are medications and therapies that can help alleviate symptoms, and now there’s even an app that can help. The MindShift app aims to teach young adults how to combat everyday anxiety, panic, conflict and worry. Teens can input their symptoms and the app will create a plan to help reduce stress. Created by two non-profit organizations, Anxiety BC and BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Mindshift app gives users the ability to ...
    Anxiety disorders affect one in eight teens. There are medications and therapies that can help alleviate symptoms, and now there’s even an app that can help. The MindShift app aims to teach young adults how to combat everyday anxiety, panic, conflict and worry. Teens can input their symptoms and the app will create a plan to help reduce stress. Created by two non-profit organizations, Anxiety BC and BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Mindshift app gives users the ability to ...
  • Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:07:54 GMT
    MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who was wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage. KPTV reports (http://bit.ly/1rhWlK6 ) an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened. He said his par...
    MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Authorities say the 3-year-old boy who was wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage. KPTV reports (http://bit.ly/1rhWlK6 ) an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened. He said his par...
  • Former contractor says she was attacked by rats at DC's Providence Hospital

    Former contractor says she was attacked by rats at DC's Providence Hospital

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:03:00 GMT
    It is an odd and very disturbing story. A hospital contractor in Northeast D.C. was attacked by rats on the job and they are the same rats she says are eating bodies in the morgue.
    It is an odd and very disturbing story. A hospital contractor in Northeast D.C. was attacked by rats on the job and they are the same rats she says are eating bodies in the morgue.
WASHINGTON, DC -

On a cold, December day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. a small group of elderly veterans got off the bus from their home, the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va.

Most of these veterans had already visited the huge memorial to the collective sacrifice that saved Western democracies from Nazi and Japanese aggression in the 1940's.

On this day, the vets came to talk one-on-one to students from West Springfield High School. The kids, mostly seniors, were astonished to hear of the personal risks that were routinely necessary for victory.

Eck Muessig, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, told them, in a very sober voice, "Your first combat is the most scary thing you'll ever get into. And you're just fighting to overcome your fear... Most people are able to do it."

Charles Fletcher, now 89, was a radio operator on a bomber crew. "We were pretty well shot up, one day, and lost an engine," Fletcher recalled. "And the plane, although it flew well on one engine, we were losing altitude badly, preparing to ditch in the ocean. And we looked in the bomb bay, and we still had a live 1,000 pound bomb in there." Fletcher said two crew members managed to defuse the bomb, and the plane made it to an alternate airport.

Edward R. DeMeter, now 88, flew a remarkable 149 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific theater of the war. "We would lose one or two, maybe three or four [planes] every mission of, say, 16 planes," DeMeter recalled. DeMeter laughed as he added,

"I went [into the war] as 19, and came out at 60 years old, so to speak."

For some of the students, hearing these stories about World War Two has been a life-changing experience.

"I think if there's a veteran on the street (just walking along), and there's a student there, I think [the student] definitely should go over and shake their hand," said Elizabeth Bowman, a senior at West Springfield H.S. "And thank them for their service. And have a little chat with them. You can never learn too much about a war or a veteran's experience."

Bowman plans to major in history in college next year.

The high schoolers from West Springfield are recording their interviews with World War Two vets, and putting the interviews online. Everyone here realizes: in just a few more years, this opportunity will no longer exist.

The project, which began in September, can be found online at wwiimemorialfriends.org

  • Photo GalleriesPhoto GalleriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Redskins Training Camp - Scenes from Week 1

    PHOTOS: Redskins Training Camp - Scenes from Week 1

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:25:02 GMT
    Washington football fans rejoiced this week when their team OFFICIALLY headed back to practice.  Check out photos from week 1 of training camp in Richmond here!
    Washington football fans rejoiced this week when their team OFFICIALLY headed back to practice.  Check out photos from week 1 of training camp in Richmond here!
  • PHOTOS: Beautiful double rainbow after heavy storms

    PHOTOS: Beautiful double rainbow after heavy storms

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-09 18:11:09 GMT
    Heavy storms passed over the Washington, D.C. region Tuesday evening. After the storms passed – a beautiful rainbow appeared. Here are some viewer pictures of the rainbow!
    Heavy storms passed over the Washington, D.C. region Tuesday evening. After the storms passed – a beautiful rainbow appeared. Here are some viewer pictures of the rainbow!
  • 13 quotes about freedom that will make you proud to be an American

    13 quotes about freedom that will make you proud to be an American

    Friday, July 4 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-04 20:27:19 GMT
    What does freedom mean to you?  In honor of Independence Day, we've put together a list of quotes about freedom that will make you proud to live in the USA. 
    What does freedom mean to you?  In honor of Independence Day, we've put together a list of quotes about freedom that will make you proud to live in the USA. 
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices