It’s not an everyday occurrence to hear a first-hand account of American history’s most recognized battles by the soldiers who participated in them, unless you visit Browning Masonic Community. Browning is proud to serve 15+ veterans and has recently developed a relationship with the Library of Congress to record the oral history of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Many personal accounts of heroism in Normandy, the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge, and flying in the Pacific Theater over Japan have been shared to benefit the future generations who call America home.
Browning Community resident, Richard Blume, shared his story of landing in Normandy in an American tank and pursuing German surrender in the Battle of the Bulge during his time of service in the U.S. Army. Though Richard is a true gentleman and speaks proudly of his service, he mentioned that the winter was extremely cold on the battle lines for the Battle of the Bulge and the servicemen spent time curled under the tanks to keep warm.
It’s stories like this one that allow the staff members at Browning Masonic Community to serve each of the community members with more pride than thought possible. If you’re interested in sharing your personal account of history with the Library of Congress, call Molly Good at (419) 878-4055.