WWII veterans honored in book
project of publishing 'Lest We Forget', a tribute to World War
II veterans of Ripley County was a personal mission for the authors,
Norris and Joan Krall of Osgood. We wanted a permanent record
for generations to come and there wasnt anything like this,
the Kralls told The Versailles Republican, when they first
began the project more than two years ago.
It has been a journey that the Kralls have literally lived with
papers spread out on their kitchen table in their home as they
researched and compiled all of the information in this publication.
The couple note they had many people who helped them by submitting
information. But, they were the ones who did the majority of the
research and compilation, indexing and making the project a reality.
The Kralls have been involved with the historical society for
a number of years and were instrumental in other publications
for the society. This one about World War II was especially poignant
to them as they both lived through the horrific years of the war
and had loved ones who served. Norris had 15 first cousins who
went to war during those years and Joan had an uncle who served
his country during this time.
Only a brief section of the impressive 367-page hard cover book
is dedicated to the Kralls and thats the way they like it.
The two are unassuming, giving, and only want the limelight to
be shone on the true heroes - the people the book highlights -
veterans of World War II.
The front cover is a photo of the Veterans Memorial on the
Ripley County Courthouse lawn with the flag blazing above. Inside
there is a brief history of the war itself, and a page defining
medals, ribbons, awards and badges.
There are photos of individual soldiers, as well as group shots
that were submitted for the publication. The 3,200 veterans are
listed in alphabetical order for easy reading.
To purchase this one-of-a-kind publication you can go to the Ripley
County Historical Society Archives, located on the west side of
the courthouse square in Versailles. The society is open from
1-4 p.m. weekdays. The cost of the book is $35.00. It can also
be ordered by mail for $40. The archives address is PO Box 525,
Versailles, IN 47042. You can call 689-3031 for more information.
All rights from the book are being donated to the society.
are members of the Ripley County Historical Society at the
archive building located on the square in Versailles after
they unloaded a shipment of their newest release, 'Lest
We Forget'. This book contains entries of local soldiers
from World War II, including photos and information. Pictured
in the back row are: Daniel Welch, Bill Gloyd, Cheryl Welch,
Henry Walker, Michael Stratton; front row: Owen Menchhofer,
Sandra Gloyd, Alice King, Joan and Norris Krall.