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Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project

It's an expression long associated with life in the armed forces: the endless lines, the delays while an assignment is being readied, the long night before a major battle, and finally, the anticipation of final orders. For some who serve during war, the sounds of battle remain tantalizingly distant, as they are left waiting stateside for the duration.

Featured Story: Meda Brendall
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"I made one or two understand that I wasn't there to fool around, I was there for the war effort and I was there to weld for our boys overseas..."

Meda Brendall may not have left Baltimore during World War II, but she made her own contribution to the war effort by working as a welder in the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard. Brendall earned the respect of her colleagues with her spirited work ethic while raising a young son on her own. That son, Paul Alexander Steppe, is featured on this site, under Stories of Buddies, for his service in the Korean War.

John Walter Earle's StoryGo and experience
Meda Brendall's story
Experience more stories of Hurry Up and Wait more stories

"They also serve who only stand and wait."      -- John Milton

Image of John Enman

"I matured faster, becoming wiser sooner in the ways of the world ..."

John Enman's story

Image of Helen Minor

"We didn't know what was going on in the world other than what they fed us..."

Helen Minor's story

Image of Catherine Neville

"I'd do it all over again in a minute, but it was because I was a nurse to start with..."

Catherine Neville's story

Image of Irving Oblas

"Lines, lines, lines -- the bane of our existence here..."

Irving Oblas' story

  The Library of Congress
  March 16, 2005
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