- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A new Muscatine TV program is offering residents insight from World War II veterans on life before, during and after their service.

The TV show is called “Muscatine County Veterans’ World War II Stories” and is on Muscatine Power and Water Digital TV’s Channel 9.

The show’s creator is John Elshoff, the Muscatine Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1qXyBch ). He said he got the idea to interview veterans for the program when he was at a Memorial Day service this year in Muscatine.

Names of dead veterans were being read at the ceremony and one of them was Elshoff’s former classmate, who served during the Vietnam War. He said that led to him thinking about older veterans who were dying.

Elshoff began to post fliers seeking veterans who wanted to share their stories. One of the people that helped Elshoff find interviewees was Pam Ramer, who used to volunteer with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. The group helped send veterans to the nation’s capital to view war memorials.

Ramer noted programs like Elshoff’s could be some of the last opportunities for some of the veterans to tell their stories.

“I think it really raises awareness of what these vets have gone through,” Ramer said.

Elshoff said he was surprised at the number of people wanting to share their experiences for the program. As of last week, he said he’s completed four interviews and hopes to shoot at least two more.


Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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