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Thank You to All Our Veterans


Irven Armstrong Collection, IHS. Click letters to enlarge.

As we honor our veterans today, I think of some of the amazing stories we have in our collection of Hoosiers serving our country. I think of Irven Armstrong of Westfield, who left his teaching position at IPS School #17 to serve overseas during World War I. He wrote letters back to his students describing his experiences and they returned with letters describing the homefront. I also think of his parents, Edward and Sarah Armstrong, who had all five sons serve in the war.


I think of Ted Krol of Hammond whose B-17 was shot down in France during World War II. With help from French Patriots and the French Underground he was able to escape capture. His oral history is one of the hundreds of interviews as part of the Doug Clanin World War II Oral History Collection.  

I think of Karen Mundell of Frankfort who was the first woman in the Army Nurse Corps from Indiana to ask for direct assignment to Vietnam, where she served for one year from 1966 to 1967. Her collection of letters written to her family describe her daily activities as a nurse at the intensive care recovery ward at the base hospital at Bien Hoa Air Base. 

Thank you to all the Hoosier men and women that have served our country. 


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1. Mary Anne Krol says

March 19, 2011 at 1:27 a.m.
Dear Ms.Hahn: I am the daughter of Ted Krol and was so pleased and proud to see that his words are still heard and that he is still remembered for his service during World War II. His experience was amazing! I have tapes of his interview with the IHS, and would like to know if the interview is available on CD. If so, I would like to purchase a copy. On April 13, 2011, I will travel to San Antonio, TX to attend the Air Forces Escape & Evasion Society (AFEES) annual meeting, to represent my father, who died in 1996, and to reunite with his crew member, John Katsaros. We must keep telling their stories, so they are never forgotten! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. Sincerely, Mary Anne Krol, Pasco, WA

2. Kamryn says

April 30, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.
Wow! Great tihnking! JK