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The Source: Veterans Of WWII, In Their Own Words


San Antonio is Military City USA, and that fact rang loud and clear on The Source Wednesday afternoon. When discussion of the new book "Tattooed On My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember WWII," allowed for listeners to phone in with their family stories of war. A deluge of calls followed.  

From the 17-year-old Lanier High School student who was too skinny and  had to "make weight" by eating bananas for an hour in order to enlist, to the Pearl Harbor survivor who went on to fight in the Pacific, to the armored division of Patton's North African Campaign, San Antonio had incredible stories of sacrifice and valor.

For 40 years, the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University has collected stories from veterans, documenting stories in the fighters' own words.

Here one Hank Josephs speaks about liberating Dachau Concentration Camp

"Tattooed On My Soul" draws from this collection and delivering a compelling read, filled the movie script stories of average servicemen. 


  • Stephen Sloan, director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University and Editor of "Tattooed On My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II"
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive