The War

IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES,

THERE ARE NO ORDINARY LIVES.

The War

There have been many wars that shaped the history of their time, but no singular event so dramatically changed the entire course of our history as the Second World War. The impact was both on a global and individual level, altering lives, communities and nations unlike any event before or since.


Six years in the making, THE WAR is a seven-episode series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that examines the myriad ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.


In conjunction with THE WAR, CET collected stories from Greater Cincinnati's World War II veterans. Watch their stories below.




A WWII soldier from Lookout, Indiana discussed his life and War experiences with his granddaughters shortly before he passed away.

Bill Victor, a veteran of the infantry in World War II, talks about his experiences. Mr. Victor participated in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Bobbie Sterne, former Cincinnati mayor and city councilwoman, tells about her experiences as a nurse in WWII.

Delmer Combs and Roy Clemons fought together in the 83rd Infantry Division in WWII. They are reunited in this interview for the first time in sixty-three years.

Dr. Henry Heimlich, a Navy veteran of World War 2, describes his war service on a secret mission in China.

Ellen McClure, the daughter of industrialists Lewis Crosley and niece of Powel Crosley, talks about the Crosley family's role in World War II.

This first person account from Iwo Jima was shot with a gun camera that was mounted onto the wing of an aircraft. Some of the footage is aerial, but Bob Price, an ordinance officer with the USAF, borrowed the camera and also filmed activities on the island during World War II.

Glenn Grundei

Glen Grundei, retired teacher, shares the story of the Hall of Heroes, which lines the corridors at Winton Woods Primary North in the Winton Woods City School District.

Hall of Heroes - Leslie Edwards

Sharon Drees interviews Leslie Edwards, a Tuskegee Airman during WWII, in the Hall of Heroes at Winton Woods Primary North School.

Dr. Lynn Ashley

Dr. Lynn Ashley, who was W.A.C. during WWII and is featured in these corridors is interviewed at Winton Woods Primary North.

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