Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 1, 2013

World War II Veterans luncheons reunite heroes of ‘The Greatest Generation’


CROSSVILLE — A large group of World War II Veterans, spouses and other family members, plus special guests, gathered April 26 for the second luncheon of the year and the sixth since these gatherings began, one year ago.

These luncheons have proven to be a success, with newly identified veterans attending each session. Thirty-six veterans attended the latest meeting at Shoney's Restaurant in Crossville.

Organizers plan to continue these luncheons every two to three months in order to provide opportunities for veterans to spend time and become acquainted with fellow World War II servicemen.

A total of 120 Cumberland County residents who served in that war have been identified, and this number continues to grow with each luncheon. Prior to the April luncheon there were 112 World War II veterans identified as living in the county.

Former U.S. Air Force Colonel James Thompson, a practicing attorney in Cumberland County, presented information of interest to veterans, and his presentation was well received.

Door prizes donated by Wal-Mart Supercenter and Frontier Communications were awarded, a tradition with these luncheons.

The next veterans'luncheon will be June 21 at Shoney's. For more information readers are invited to contact hosts Bill and Nancy Oehlecker at 788-6222.