Hometown Heroes: Stories and Insights from World War II Veterans from Southeast Colorado


Donna McDonnall gathered the stories in this book from personal interviews with a selection of veterans living in Prowers County, Colorado. She compiled these recollections to honor those who served, and to give the reader a sense of what the veterans endured. These stories represent the wartime experiences common to all generations of veterans across our nation - veterans who fought in the theaters of Europe, the savannahs of Africa, the islands of the South Pacific, the winters of Korea, the jungles of Southeast Asia, and even today, in the sands of the Middle East. These accounts are funny, sad, courageous, very human, and always amazing. Hair-raising tales of jumping from plummeting aircraft, surviving German prisoner of war camps, hiding behind enemy lines, and daring escapes will keep readers on the edge of their seat and keep the pages turning. Most interviews include a photo of the veteran at the age of service contrasted with a current photo of the veteran. A brief history of Veterans Day, and the background of Memorial Day enhance the interviews. The names of Prowers County military personnel who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam are recorded on the Prowers County Memorial Monument and are listed herein.


Donna McDonnall 

(2006), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, 134 pp.

ISBN: 9780788438370