Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Weight of Sacrifice" the new World War One Memorial Project

is being designed by Chicagoan Joseph Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard as they work toward its formal dedication in Pershing Park, Washington D. C. on Veteran's Day 2018. The $40 million memorial will add a free-standing sculpture and bas relief sculpture to tell the story of all who contributed to the war. Further information can be found at the World War One Memorial Commission website.

Chicago's Pritzker Military Museum and Library is a founding sponsor of the memorial and will match any individual's donation as detailed at www.TheirOwnMemorial.org.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Niles Library Adds new database with militiary records

Fold3 is available to Niles Public Library Card holders accessing the library's online  resources from home. 
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This Ancestry product allows remote access to  US and international military and US immigration records as well as the Chicago City Directories and other non-military records such as the 1860 and 1930 US Census, and the Brady Civil War Photos. The most popular collections are:

And why the name Fold3?
"Traditionally, the third fold in some flag-folding ceremonies honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world."

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.