Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Remembering Corporal Ruben Silver

This American hero, a 1939 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, was killed in action in the Pacific on March 5, 1944.  He was the Assistant Radioman/Ball Turret gunner  aboard a B-24 Liberator that crashed off the coast of Rabaul after taking two direct hits from anti-aircraft fire.

He was a Brookfield neighbor of Niles resident and World War II veteran, Ken Lee, who is researching the names and records of other Brookfield residents who died in World War II. He is working with area groups to establish a local public memorial commemorating those heroes.

Ken found the Niles Public Library's  Ancestry Library Edition genealogy database helpful in finding a high school yearbook picture of Corporal Silver and a casualties card among the U.S. WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards.

A Niles neighbor of Ken's, Benny Costes, recently visited the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. He found Corporal Silver's name on the engraved tablets honoring the 36,286 Missing in Action who gave their lives, including 21 Medal of Honor recipients.  The American Battle Monuments Commission oversees 24 permanent U.S. military burial grounds where 124, 918 US War Dead are interred.  Three of Benny's  pictures from Manila follow:











Of the 405,399 Americans that lost their lives during World War II, 93,233 are interred at our overseas American military cemeteries and 78,983 are commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing as missing in action, lost or buried at sea.











Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunday Afternoon May 29th Niles Military History Event

The Niles Historical and Cultural Center presents a Weekend Memorial Day Observance Event featuring the 1st Michigan Engineers, the Civil War Reenactors, who begin maneuvering at 1:30 pm on Sunday afternoon. The Center is located at 8970 N. Milwaukee Ave. and the doors open at 1pm.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Korean War Exhibit, the May Display at the Niles Public Library

Korean war veteran, Gary K. Warner, shares some of his memorabilia this month at the Niles Public Library. Gary is a participant in the Veterans History Project, a member of the Park Ridge VFW Post 3579 and has mounted displays at area libraries. Niles veteran and VHP participant Fred Ziegler also displays a rare copy of  the 24th Forward: the pictorial history of the Victory Division in Korea.





Friday, April 1, 2016

Richard T. Vana, R.I.P.

Dick Vana, a charter member of the Greatest Generation as a U.S. Marine Raider in the Pacific Campaign of World War II,  passed away this week on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. His death notice appeared in the Friday, April 1 issue of the Chicago Tribune


Mr. Vana was a participant in the Veterans History Project through the Niles (IL) Public Library. His interview transcription can be read via the library's website.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

" Forty-Seven Days," a Pritzker World War I Author Program on March 29, 2016

       Historian Mitchell Yockelson discusses his gripping account of the First Army’s hard-fought victory in World War I.

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                                                               Tuesday, Mar. 29 | 6 p.m.
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