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Queens College Launches Website Honoring Students and Staff Who Died During WWII
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QUEENS COLLEGE LAUNCHES WEBSITE HONORING
STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO DIED DURING WWII

-- Updates Will Include Photos, Memoirs, Letters, Artifacts and Transcripts of Interviews With College’s Surviving Vets --

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 11, 2009—Two years ago, a World War II memorial was erected on the Queens College campus. It was funded by alumnus and veteran Arnold Franco to honor the 58 QC students and one staff member who died in the conflict. (Over 60% of the college’s students enlisted or were called to duty – including 942 out of a class of 1,600 in 1941.) Students from the college’s history club spent countless hours researching the lives and untimely deaths of these young men who served their nation. Now with the support of former State Senator Serphin Maltese, the college has launched a website, www.qc.edu/history/wwiiveterans/, that pays tribute not only to those who died, but also to the surviving veterans, whose numbers are quickly diminishing.

“Of the original 977 identified QC student and alum vets, fewer than 200 are still alive,” says QC history professor and history club faculty advisor Bobby Wintermute. “Like the WWII veterans memorial project, this website is the product of hundreds of hours of research by the history club’s student members. Designed by a QC student, Jae Lee, the site will function as an organic record of the WWII experience and a living, online memorial to those in the QC community who served and sacrificed for our country.”

Visitors to the site will find short profiles of the 58 individuals who died in the conflict. Profiles include (if available) such information as their date of birth; dates enrolled at the college; military service number, rank, unit, branch of service, and induction date; where and when they were killed and buried; and awards/medals. The site also features a world map that pinpoints each vet’s service location; essays by club members that describe the memorial project and the college’s involvement in the war effort; WWII snapshots from the National Archives; and digitized QC yearbooks from the 1940s. The site will be continually updated with material from survivors, including photos, memoirs, letters, and transcripts of oral interviews.


 
 

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