From your history books you know that our country decided to declare war on the Germans to help the Allies against the Axis countries, namely Germany and Italy. My memories of that time in our history was a time when we were losing a lot of supply ships to the German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. At about the same time, our lawmakers passed a bill in Congress which was called the Selective Service Act. The law called for all men 18 years old or older to register for the “draft” by a method similar to a lottery. My name came out as number 156, which meant I would be the 156th man to go into the service from St. Charles County. 

I thought it was about time for me to give my children and grandchildren the story of the time I spent in the service of my country during the years 1941-1945.

Click on the pdf for my story.

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.