Tuesday, April 23, 2013
During World War II and the threat of German occupation, Whitefish Bay resident Jayne Jordan was sent to the United States at the age of 9. Now, at the age of 82, she's seeing her story told.
Whitefish Bay resident Jayne Jordan, now 82, remembers reassuring her mother when Jayne was nine-years-old that everything would be OK as she left England for the United States in 1940, according to a story in the Journal Sentinel. Her mother, Maureen Jaffe, feared that the Germans would occupy England and she sent Jayne to the United States alone. The article tells how Jordan was sent to live with a host family in Fox Point and how she waited five years to be reunited with her mother. The story is about war-torn England, the painful decision hundreds of families had to make to spare their children and how they survived. Now, Jon Helminiak, a family friend, has chronicled the survival story titled "This Token of Freedom," which is now …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Barnes served as a World War II Navy officer and as a partner at Foley & Lardner law firm.
Wednesday, January 2
Paul M. Barnes passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2012, at age 98. Resident of Alexian Village. Former resident of Mequon and former longtime resident of Whitefish Bay. Survived by his loving wife Vera, his children Andrew, Margaret and James, step-daughters Gigi and Marisa, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his late wife Elisabeth (nee McClenahan) Barnes and son John Robert. Paul graduated from Monmouth College in Illinois and the University of Chicago Law School. He joined Foley & Lardner law firm in Milwaukee in 1940; Paul went to enlist in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked in Dec. 1941, and he served as an officer aboard a battleship in the …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Miller Park is the site for a day of honor and remembrance for veterans from the greatest generation and then some, breaking a world record in the process.
The showing of a documentary based on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight brought tears to the eye, cheers from the crowd and broke a record for attendance. "Field of Honor," a documentary based on the journey of veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C., had its premier showing at Miller Park to a nearly sold-out crowd estimated at 33,000. Official totals confirmed by a representative of the Guiness Book of World records put the exact attendance at 28,442. The Honor Flight Network began in 2004 when Earl Morse, a retired air force captain and physician's assistant at a VA clinic in Ohio realized most of his patients who were World War II vets had neither the funds nor the physical ability to make the trip to see their own …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Event at Miller Park brought together thousands of veterans and their families where they shared their stories of war, bravery and true love.
A sobering statistic flashed across the screen at Miller Park during the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Field of Honor film debuted Saturday night. “One-thousand World War II veterans die every day.” As the veterans pass, so goes the chance to honor them, to hear their stories and to learn from the Greatest Generation. But honor flights throughout the state allow for those veterans to be honored and appreciated and to share their stories with the rest of the world. Martin Videkovich, of Caledonia, fittingly was sworn into the U.S. Navy on July 4, 1942, before he was shipped out to the Pacific. He recently had the chance to see the World War II Memorial when he went on the June Honor Flight. For Videkovich, the highlight of the trip “was …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Hundreds of World War II Era veterans are treated to a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial. It's a journey that has been repeated several times before, but never gets old.
Most veterans are modest about their service, but often what details they won't tell you, their families will. Waiting for their heroes to come back from the latest Honor Flight at General Mitchell International Airport on a day that began 15 hours before, families wearing shirts with much younger faces in uniform are eager to share who they are waiting for. Richard Lyon of Glendale had a whole posse of family members, identifiable by gray shirts bearing his picture from the United States Navy. He served on the USS Requin, a naval submarine, in the Pacific theatre, although his enlistment would come just as surrender was declared. He had first attempted to enlist as a 16-year-old, lying about his age. However, his mother found out before …