Historical Society debuts project honoring WWII vets

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The Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society will show its gratitude for World War II veterans this weekend by sharing with the public readings from the first six interviews it conducted with 800 local members of The Greatest Generation.

The oral history project, in the works for about five years, is known as “Augusta Goes to War” and will celebrate its debut from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond County Public Library.

The event will be led by historians Jim Garvey and Hubert van Tuyll of Georgia Regents University and Doug Higbee of the University of South Carolina Aiken, and include excerpts from the historical society’s documentary War Stories: Augusta Area Veterans Remember WWII.

Garvey said the local veterans and residents are encouraged to attend to share their memories, possibly for inclusion in the project that shows the challenges and struggles veterans faced before, during and after World War II.

“We hope to show Augusta what its part was in what has become The Greatest Generation,” said Garvey, the project editor and professor emeritus of communications and English at GRU. “World War II is frequently romanticized, but it was really a terribly and horrifying event.”

Garvey said the project will put a voice and a face to those veterans who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, stormed the beaches of Normandy and raised the flag at Iwo Jima.

He said he, van Tuyll and Higbee will each read two of the project’s 800 interviews to give the public a flavor of the 200 stories they plan to start compiling into a book this summer.

Garvey said eventually the project will expand to include members of more recent wars.

He said the effort started with WWII, because a third to half of the 800 they interviewed have died and their memories need to be captured before it’s too late.

“There is a pricelessness to reliving their experiences in history,” he said.

This project is supported by the Georgia Humainities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.


WHO: Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society

WHAT: Augusta Goes to War oral history project

WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.

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Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 11/14/13 - 01:58 pm
Well done all!!!

Well done all!!!

nocnoc 11/14/13 - 03:02 pm
I guess it was ok's

by that Doctors wife at Ft. Gordon Approval before going forward?

oldredneckman96 11/14/13 - 09:08 pm

Pendleton Camp for Veterans

On April 5th, 1922, in Richmond County, Georgia, a Henry B. King set in a Declaration of Trust, a 20 acre tract to be known as Pendleton Camp. This was a memorial to his son, John Pendleton King who had been killed in WWI in France. This camp was to benefit the wounded and disabled soldiers who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For many years, a Clarence T. Barinowski, a Carlon S. Faulk and Virginia Lehmann were members of the Board of Directors of Pendleton Camp. They did a great job of placing those deserving in the homes and maintaining the grounds and keeping the city of Augusta from taking the property. However, by 1995 a new group of trustees were evicting the last of the veterans and families who had lived there. The Law Firm of Fulcher, Hagler, Reed, Hanks and Harper was apparently running the Camp.
Now, as we all know, there are many veterans needing a home, while Pendleton Camp is occupied by fewer than a half dozen or so homes and a Memorial lot with a placard on a stone explaining the Camp. There you will find a flagpole that my grand-uncle raised old Glory on everyday from his return from WWI to his end in the 70’s, sadly, it is now never raised. When you turn off Wrightsborro Road and head south on Johns Road, in just a block or so you will find Johns Road Ext./Mame Road on the right. Do not let the “Private” “Keep Out” signs stop you, it is a public road. Pendleton Camp is as public as the Pendleton King Park just a few blocks away on Troup Street both named for the same John Pendleton King for many reasons.
I write this to let the veterans of Augusta know about this place and what it was for. It will take someone with a bit of legal knowledge and a lot of “don’t quit” attitude to put it back to its intended use. Yes, this was done for World War One, only then we thought it was the last one. And so Pendleton was set up for vets from that day on. If this can be done to the WWI vets the same will be done to the WWII vets.
Good Luck and thank you for your service.

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