Really, we need you.

This year marks the 75th year since World War II ended. Our country cannot ever forget the sacrifice and heroics that won the war and changed the world.

To honor that service, the Buffalo Bulletin would like to connect with our WWII vets or their family members so that we can collect and share their stories. To gather their stories, short interviews will be conducted by one of our staff at a time that’s convenient for you.

We are only aware of only one living veteran who served in WWII and realize that the youngest folks who have memories of the war years are now in their 80s. So the window of opportunity to gather their stories is shrinking rapidly. It is our hope that younger siblings or the children of veterans who may still reside in our community can recount a family member’s stories about their service. We would like to hear from you. We are specifically interested in the stories of servicemen and women who had longtime ties to the community. Photos of veterans are also welcome. 

Furthermore, we are interested in stories from nurses, factory workers or others who helped the war effort.  

We would also like to be able to tell stories from the homefront – what life was like in Johnson County during the war. If you have stories about daily life at home during WWII, please reach out. 

Finally, we would like to create a tribute page for all WWII veterans who spent a significant part of their lives in Johnson County. While there are resources for finding the names of those who resided here at the time of their enlistment, there is no such database for those who grew up in Johnson County but moved away prior to enlistment or for those who spent the bulk of their adult life after the war in Johnson County. So we are asking for our readers’ help. 

If you have a family member who served in WWII and who had ties to Johnson County, we would like to hear from you. We would like to know your family member’s name, branch of service, rank, theater, years active, status (DIA, MIA, POW, discharged at the end of the war, injured in action), and date of death. 

We have created a special email address to receive and organize information for this important project. Please feel free to email us at bbspiritof45@gmail.com. If you do not have access to email, please send information to Spirit of 45, Buffalo Bulletin, P.O. Box 730, Buffalo, WY 82834 or drop by our office at 58 N. Lobban Ave on Thursdays or Fridays. 

If you would like your loved one included on the tribute page for this very special edition, our absolute deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 5.

 

 

 

 

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