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The 'Greatest Generation' has stories to share before they're gone

234 WWII veterans die each day
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Posted at 12:08 AM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 11:01:03-05

As you gather with friends and family this year, be sure to take the time to listen to stories from the Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in support of World War II.

The passing of Virginia Kramer is a reminder that the Greatest Generation and the stories of service are fading daily.

From Silver Grove, Kentucky, she went to work for Wright Aeronautical, which operated where GE Aviation resides today in Evendale.

“They put me on this cam machine. A cam to me didn't mean a darn thing to me,” said Virginia Kramer in an interview from March 9, 2020.

She was proud to have played a role in support of the war effort. Kramer died Sunday, Dec. 8.

According to the National World War II Museum, 234 World War II veterans die each day.

As it stands, Ohio has approximately 9,092 World War II veterans still living. The state of Kentucky 2,324 and Indiana has 4,780 as of September 30.

The total number of World War II veterans across the nation sat at 240,329 of the 16 million who once served.

Fortunately for Virginia Kramer's family, they had the time to ask her questions and have love letters written during their father's service overseas to give them insight into both their parents' service to country in both a military and civilian capacity.

You can watch Homefront’s original story on Virginia Kramer and the love story that developed by clicking here.

For more information on the National World War II museum, click here.

If you have a veteran story to tell in your community, email homefront@wcpo.com. You also can join the Homefront Facebook group, follow Craig McKee on Facebook and find more Homefront stories here.

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