Thursday, January 11, 2018

Locating U S Military Records

Genealogy educator and tech guru, Dick Eastman, reported in his blog today a valuable new publication from the estimable Congressional Research Service - Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources by Mese F. DeBruyne and Barbara Salazar Torreon.

The six-page report is downloadable from  this link. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mr. Kenneth Radnitzer R. I. P.

Last Friday's issue of the Chicago Tribune, January 5, 2018, carried the death notice for a life-time member of the Greatest Generation -  Mr. Kenneth Radnitzer  who participated in the  national Veterans History Project through the Niles-Maine District Library.

Mr. Radnitzer served in the Marines during World War II, winning a Silver Star. He fought in the Solomon Islands and spent 82 days on Okinawa.  His 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment also served in China. He also participated in the Korean Army, serving in the US Army, and winning a Bronze Medal.

His interview, the memoir of a citizen-soldier,  can be read and heard via the library's website.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Book Titles of Note

940.53089924 H496 Call Number
959.70436 R436 Call Number 

Both Shelved in
     3rd Floor
New Book Section

The family of Niles VHP participant Max Kolpas                       Author is a veteran and journalist.
fled Lithuania escaping the Nazis. Ten years later
he  returned in the US Army to free Europe. 

355.009 W253

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Historic Christmas Card Sent to N-M D L by Pritzker Military Museum and Library, December 2017

This World War I poster with the words: “Merry Christmas. Peace. Your Gift To The Nation.” was created by the U.S. Food Administration through the Advertising Section (under the Educational Division) and is included in the Pritzker's collections.

New Books of American Military History Just Landing at the Niles-Maine District Library

This book is available on the 3rd Floor in the New Books Collection at 940.5426699  K64.

         A new book shelved by the call number 940.5421111 H735a.             

959.70434 B784
a joint Afghan  combat memoir 958.1047 B838

358.4 V437

Thursday, November 16, 2017

11th Annual Veterans History Project Breakfast

72 in all attended a library signature event on Friday morning, November 3, as 24 veterans participated in the Roll Call.  The Sweet Reminder Duet as the Andrews Sisters provided the musical finale.
The veterans appearing in the picture are from left to right in the first row: Mike McNulty (wheelchair), Mort Elenbogen, and Max Kolpas. In the first row seated in chairs on the stage from left to right are Rudolph Hazucha, Kenneth Lee, Matt Wojtaszek, Charles Matz, Arthur Shapiro, David Besser, Ira Graham, and Bill Shipp. Seated in the second row from left to right are Pat Gerard, Richard Englund, Judith Carlson (for Norman Berkman), Roger Salamon, Bill Kroller, Fred Ziegler, and Ray Marchetta. Standing in the last row from left to right are Don Cronberg, Don Gloor, John Bugajsky, Gary Warner, Russell Zapel and Jack Weinberg. Library Director, Susan Lempke, welcomed the veterans and also acknowledged Mr. Hazucha as being the first President of the Niles Library Board of Trustees in 1959.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"Thank You For Your Service," annual November Exhibit at the Niles-Maine District Library

During the month, visitors to the first floor Commons area  can view a display focusing on the World War II uniforms worn by the two oldest  Niles participants in the Veterans History Project,  Charles Matz - US Marine and Matthew Wojtaszek - US Army Paratrooper who flank their exhibit as shown. Gunnery Sergeant Matz saw extensive action in the Pacific from New Guinea through Peleliu to Okinawa while T/5 Corporal  Wojtaszek fought from North Africa through Italy and Normandy and onto Germany.

 The library acknowledges the generosity and insight shared in this exhibit by Niles resident  and historian,  Chris Reuscher, who assembled the two uniforms from his extensive collection. His website is "the place to discover and explore United States military uniforms and clothing of the World War II era."