Veterans Oral History Project

November 11, 2015

What began as an attempt to boost her GPA soon turned into a 22-year career for my mom, Ramona Lee Discavage. On the first day of her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University in 1989, members of the Army ROTC Seneca Battalion helped incoming freshmen move their stuff into their dorm rooms.  ...

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Lynn Kemp is nearing 95 and knows he has lived a good life. “The good Lord has been awful good to me,” recalled the lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. “I never refused an order. I tried to be the best soldier I could be. I don’t know what your relationship is with God, but mine is ...

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When Steve Appleby asks area students if they know Snoop Dog, Eminem, Kanye West, the Kardashians, Parris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, they answer yes. Then Appleby will ask which of them knows Jason Dunham is, and the students will not have a clue. Appleby will explain that Jason Dunham was a Marine ...

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Olivia McCreary recalls that she “never showed off” when she went to work to make airplanes during the war. After all, her husband was fighting in Africa with the Royal Air Force; her brother had been killed in service with the Royal Navy; she had taken only a short leave of absence from her ...

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ALLEGANY, NY--James “Jim” Rockey is among the The Chosin Few. Rockey, who lives with his wife Elaine in Allegany, is one of the 131 survivors of what many consider to be one of the most savage battles of modern warfare, the Korean War Battle of the Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir, which took place ...

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He may not have known it at the time, but Olean-born LTC Jeff Dahlgren was about to trade his signature Western New York accent in for a Southern drawl when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989. The first move south for the Frewsburg High School graduate was to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. “I did basic ...

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“Writing releases aggression,” poet Hugh Martin assured the folk filling the art gallery at the Olean Public Library on Veterans Day. Writing can help people – “whether they’re a veteran or have gone through anything,” the Iraq War veteran added. Martin read excerpts from book of poems, “The ...

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On a cold and windy December morning in 1943, 16-year-old Edmund Ogozaly packed up his meager belongings and a forged birth certificate and walked three miles in the snow from his home in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, to enlist in the service of America during World War II. Ogozaly, 87, a resident of ...

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When Kevin Yehl was graduated from Olean High School in 2008, he knew he did not want to go to a four-year university. He thought he would spend a few years at Jamestown Community College. His father, Steve Yehl, told him he was not going to pay for that first semester at JCC, sparking an argument ...

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