Martha’s Vineyard Museum publication tells story of WWII veterans


The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s recent exhibit, Those Who Serve: Martha’s Vineyard and WWII, featured poignant stories of WWII through the eyes of 19 Islanders.

Now that the exhibit has closed, narratives from oral histories and photographs have been collected in a new publication of the same name.

The stories include, among others, the late Jim McLaurin describing his service in the European theater as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Anne Lesnikowski details the day she earned her wings with the WASPS. Hector Asselin explains the positive and negative aspects of service at Naval Air Station Martha’s Vineyard, and Ted Morgan tells his story of parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy and serving in six horrific battle campaigns as a medic. Maurice and Nettie Vanderpol describe surviving WWII, hiding in Holland and internment in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.

Copies are available at the Museum gift shop or by calling 508-627-4441 ext. 113.