Preserving the past, Dublin woman documents neighbor’s war stories

Veterans Voices

Every day, more and more veterans of the greatest generation leave us, taking with them experiences of war and heroism they have never shared.

A Dublin woman is preserving as many of those stories as possible.

She is the chronicler who documents veteran’s stories so that their history is not lost to the ages, and Veteran’s Day is one of her favorite days of the year.

“I believe in America and I’m very grateful to all the people who dedicated their lives to keep us this free,” said Pat Dietsch, the resident services volunteer coordinator at Friendship Village in Dublin.

For the past several years Dietsch has been talking to her neighbors at the adult living community, some of whom are veterans who served during the Second World War.

She is preserving their war experiences from the mundane to the heroic for posterity.

“It’s never gonna be that way again. Our wars from now are not going to be like that, and it’s history that should be remembered and treasured by our grandchildren,” said Dietsch.

Her efforts are greatly appreciated by the veterans and staff alike.

“She deserves high praise. She’s the type of person that will carry the torch and lite it as well, and we’re so blessed to have her here at friendship village,” said Beth Baker, the Resident Services Director at the facility.

Pat says she never served in the armed forces like the people she interviews for the book, but helping put it together is her way of making sure their experiences are never forgotten.

“When I can kind of pull it out of them and get them to tell those stories, it’s wonderful,” said Dietsch. “One man told me his story; he died a few months later and his widow told me that his children had never heard those stories until I got them out of him.”

Pat says she still has many more interviews to do, and they plan to continue to expand their veteran’s book.  

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