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 Robert Hassen


Robert Hassen was born in Lucas County, Ohio, on February 6, 1930. He entered the US Marines in 1948 and served during the Korean War. Hassen was discharged in 1952, having earned the rank of Corporal and a Purple Heart, Good Conduct award, Theater Ribbons, and the National Defense award.


They [the Japanese] were afraid of the US Marines. When I got there they respected the Marines because the Marines literally fought in all the islands and the survivors evidently came home and came back to Japan and they must have told the people there that the Marines had kicked them off the island or killed their friends or whatever. But I never had a bit of trouble; they weren’t friendly but they respected the Marines. --Robert Hassen




Kenneth Haynes

Kenneth Haynes was born in Whitehouse, Ohio, on July 9, 1924. He entered the US Army in 1943 and served with the infantry. He left the military in 1945, having earned a Purple Heart.


I think it should be compulsory military training for every person that gets out of high school, at least two years. You learn discipline; you will pick out the leaders from the followers. I think it’s very good for every person, it’s something if you don’t have it will be missing in your life. You learn to follow orders and [be] told what to do, don’t question orders. --Kenneth Haynes





Laurence E. Kish

Laurence E. Kish was born on May 17, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, as a part of the 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Regiment. From 1952-1954, Mr. Kish was located in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and the Far East Command, Korea, where he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Korean Unit Citation.


I’ll never forget that first night coming up to the line. All I saw were tracer bullets flying, search lights bouncing off the sky, and artillery going off, and I thought to myself, ‘what have I got myself into’? --Laurence Kish

I often wondered how I got through all of this. But you know, I did it. I acclimated myself to it. There was no place I was going to be able to go, so I just made up my mind I’m just going going to have to make the best of this and put up with it, and I think a lot of people did the same. --Laurence Kish

I was very happy to serve my country. My grandchildren feel the same, and are very supportive and patriotic. --Laurence Kish


Clinton R. Longenecker

Clinton R. Longenecker was born in Toledo, Ohio, on December 1, 1923 . He entered the US Army in 1943, serving in the European Theater during World War II. Longenecker was part of a service unit that worked with classified, chemical weapons.

By the end of the war he had earned several awards, including one for service in the European Theater with 5 Battle Stars.


I think many Veterans have made a mistake by not attending their Army outfits or Navy or Marine reunions. They think they have nothing in common with those fellows after all these years. I think if they go once they’d find out that they do have something in common, ‘cause at one time those fellows were your friend, your temporary enemy, your antagonist, your mother, your father, your father’s confessor, and above all the one you could count on to get you out of a tight spot if you get into it. -- Clinton R. Longnecker



Robert E. Meeker

Robert E. Meeker was born in Toledo, Ohio, on May 24, 1927. He entered the US Navy in 1944 and served as an Air Crewman at various posts throughout the United States . At the end of the war Meeker had earned the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class, and was presented the American Theater Medal, and the Victory Medal. He later came back to the military and became a Lt. Commander in Naval Reserves.


My military experience really, I think, contributed to my feeling of patriotism, to my belief in the country, to my belief in the system, to our way of life. I think that the military is certainly a necessary part, and a prime ingredient of the things we enjoy, being citizens of a free country…In my opinion, it would be a great thing if every young person who had to or was assigned to duty, to be part of the military service for a year or two upon completion of high school. I think it would greatly add to the country’s strength and to the people in the country’s belief to our way of life. --Robert Meeker

I felt it was something I had volunteered to do; something I wanted to do; something my friends were doing; something that was important to the country. --Robert Meeker



Jeanne Swindel

Jeanne Swindel was born on August 19, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio. She entered the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, where she joined the Cadet Nurses. In 1943, Mrs. Swindel enlisted with the United States Army Nurse Corps. After completing basic training at Camp Rucker, Alabama, she was stationed at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, where she remained until 1946. 2nd Lieutenant Swindel received an award for the American Victory.


It’s very hard for me because I have a Marine grandson, who is very proud to be a Marine, but I don’t think that any of my other grandchildren are involved in the military. Of course, maybe they haven’t had the opportunity, because they didn’t go to ROTC. But they must know me; I am military! I would certainly advise them to join the military if they had the opportunity. --Jeanne Swindel

I am a patriot who is proud of her country, and continue to believe in it. I love my country and it’s been a good country. --Jeanne Swindel

We are losing our [WWII Veterans] at the rate of 1500 per day. That is why it is so important to get this down for the university, because we are, very slowly, disappearing now. --Jeanne Swindel

I wanted all of my children to do their bit. This is our country, and we should do what we can to help. --Jeanne Swindel

Everybody had to pitch in; everyone was involved. It was a powerful war, but we won. --Jeanne Swindel

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