StoryCorps: Gordon Schnulle & Dean Schmeltz


Dean Schmeltz is a recent graduate of Elgin High School with plans to attend Reed University. He discusses his good feelings about his high school experience, and looks forward to attending college. Gordon Schnulle is a lifelong Elgin resident who took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He recalls how many men jumped to enlist after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and stresses that we should ”appreciate our freedom because it wasn’t free.”

Their Story was recorded on July 22, 2010 in Elgin, IL.

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