Dad's War Workshops
Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story
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Notice about Workshops - Please Read
Chronic fatigue has prevented me from giving any workshops for several years. So until further notice, the workshops are suspended.
If you want to have the next best thing, you can buy the workshop book (approximately 70 pages) with detailed information and samples of records. Click here for information on ordering the book.
The 50th anniversary of the end of World War II has come and gone. Do you know what your father's (or grandfather's or uncle's or brother's or Mom's or grandmother's or aunt's or sister's) experiences were in the war?
Even if your father is no longer here to tell you his story, and even though a 1973 fire destroyed most World War II GIs' service records, you can most likely find and put together the pieces of the fascinating puzzle that was your Dad's unique experience and find and visit the places he went.
Learn how Wes succeeded in his search.
Wesley Johnston began in 1994 to learn his Dad's story, even though his Dad died in 1954. All Wes knew was that his Dad had been in an armored division, ridden in a half-track, been at a place called St. Vith, Belgium, and suffered frozen feet.
His Dad was Walter G. Johnston, Jr. Wes now knows that his Dad was a member of the first squad of the anti-tank platoon of B Company, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division. He served in Europe from August 1944 to August 1945, joining the 7th Armored Division as a replacement in Holland on November 13, 1944. His combat experiences included the defense of St. Vith, Krombach and Grand Menil, Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge and the encirclement and reduction of the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. He came home on the SS Montclair Victory as one of the men destined for training for the invasion of Japan.
Learn how you can succeed in your search.
In the 4-hour Workshop, you will learn
- what records are the key records
- where to look for them
- how to get the most out of them
- how to organize the pieces
- how to find Dad's buddies
- how to find relevant books
- an overview of World War II military organization
In the Basics Class, you will learn
- the critical few steps for those who are just curious
- beginning steps for those who want to learn more
The workshops are suspended until further notice, due to my health problems. To order copies of the most recent version of the workshop handout booklet (approximately 70 pages), send a check for $30, payable to Wesley Johnston, to this address:
1865 Herndon Avenue, Suite K-187
Clovis, CA 93611-6163
Click here for information about contacting me.
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