Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Salute to Veterans Continues

The theme this fall for A Walk in Their Shoes has been Salute to Veterans. Our first event, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall visitation in Edgar, was a HUGE success, thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, the weather, and most importantly our veterans for making this the greatest country on Earth!

Our second Salute to Veterans event is scheduled for Veteran’s Day 2015.
It will feature a story from WWII, called “The Ghost Army.” The Ghost Army was officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. From June 1944 to March 1945, it staged 20 battlefield deceptions, beginning in Normandy and ending along the Rhine River. Members of the Ghost Army engaged an array of inflatables (tanks, trucks, jeeps, airplanes), sound trucks, phony radio transmissions and even playacting to fool the enemy.  We will have (if health permits) two members of the Ghost Army, along with a historian coming to Marathon County to share this little-known
story of WWII with the community.  Rick Beyer, the historian, will be sending one of the inflatable tanks to be on display as he and two veterans of The Ghost Army give their presentations to area students, school staff, and community members. The Ghost Army of World War II describes the highly imaginative and daring maneuver that helped open the way for the final drive to Germany.

There will be two free community presentations thanks to our sponsors.

 Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Edgar High School Auditorium

  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Center for Civic Engagement Building at UW Marathon County.

Joining Author and Historian Rick Beyer will be two members of The Ghost Army

John Jarvie served in the 603rd Camouflage Engineers, the visual deception arm of The Ghost Army. An art student who attended Cooper Union before the war, Jarvie spent thirty years as an art director for Fairchild Publications, owner of Women’s Wear Daily, supervising a staff of artists and writers. He is retired and lives in Kearny, New Jersey.

Gazo Nemeth served in the Signal Company Special, the radio deception arm of The Ghost Army. After the war he spent 37 years as a machinist in Ohio and became commander of a local VFW Post.  Nemeth retired to Florida, where he re-invented himself first as a census taker, then as a courier for a furniture store.  He retired (again) at age 87 and lives in Fort Myers.

For more background on our speakers go to:

Rick Beyer (author)     http://rickbeyer.net/index.php?page=homepage

Gazo Nemeth (Veteran)   http://www.ghostarmy.org/images/resources/resources-ExpressionsGhostStory2.pdf

John Jarvie (Veteran)    http://www.ghostarmy.org/bio/f/Ghost_Army_Veterans/29

For more information about this event, contact Colin Hanson at chanson@gapps.edgar.k12.wi.us or call 715-560-8933.