This Memorial Day…we hear from veteran Glenn Johnson.
Johnson served as a paratrooper in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division. He was injured after parachuting into German territory just prior to the Normandy invasion in 1944. There he was captured and imprisoned for five months.
Johnson describes how he and two others escaped one day while on a work detail near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Today in our series “The Other Side of Ninety” we hear from a voice familiar to many WXPR listeners: Charley Requa.
He was a longtime host of the big band show Your Favorites…with his daughter Tuckey Requa. Charley grew up in Lakeforest, Illinois and spent summers in Phelps…where he located permanently in 1971. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Charley a few days before his 97th birthday…which is today.
Today we debut a new series of interviews with Northwoods residents over the age of ninety. Allen Krueger served in the U.S. Navy and had a career as an electrician, before retiring in northern Wisconsin. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to meet Allen…and his dog Zoe…at his home in Monico.
On Veterans Day, we remember the service of veterans from many wars.
Walter Wendt served six and a half years in the Navy in World War II. He was onboard the ship the Helena when it was hit by a torpedo during the attack on Pearl Harbor. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with 95-year-old Wendt at his neighbor’s home in McNaughton, Wisconsin.