Vets share experiences for city cable station

ohn Millard served durinig World War II in Europe as a member of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps. Millard was supposed to wed his late wife, Geneva, in Fulton on Dec. 25, 1941, but because of Pearl Harbor he was unable to use his planned furlough. Instead, his father brought Geneva to Ft. Riley, Kan., and the couple were married there on Christmas Day 1941.

ohn Millard served durinig World War II in Europe as a member of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps. Millard was supposed to wed his late wife, Geneva, in Fulton on Dec. 25, 1941, but because of Pearl Harbor he was unable to use his planned furlough. Instead, his father brought Geneva to Ft. Riley, Kan., and the couple were married there on Christmas Day 1941.

John Millard and Geneva Ridenhour planned to be married on Dec. 25, 1941, in Fulton, surrounded by family and friends.

Millard, who had enlisted in the U.S. Army that October and was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan., had carefully arranged his furlough around the event.

But on Dec. 7, 1941 — “A date which will live in infamy” — the Japanese bombed the U.S. fleet in Pearl Harbor.

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Jack McBride served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Mountrail. McBride — one of eight local veterans to share their stories in “Fulton and World War II” which airs at 7 tonight on FACT-TV — shares what it was like to be a black man serving in a segregated military.

“All furloughs were canceled,” said Millard, now 91. “I called my father, and he brought my bride-to-be to up, and we got married in Ft. Riley on Christmas Day.”

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Dale Vaughn served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater on the USS Yarnall. Yarnall and other Fulton veterans share their wartime stories in a special video presentation at 7 tonight on Fulton’s cable channel, FACT-TV (channel 5 on Charter).

Millard is one of eight local veterans and three women who will share their memories of the war years in “Fulton and World War II”, a special video which airs at 7 tonight on FACT-TV (channel 5 on Charter Cable).

“I felt it would be good to do something community-focused with our cable channel, and with it being the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we thought this would be a good idea,” said Darin Wernig, Fulton’s public information officer, who coordinated the project.

Millard, who served in the Signal Corps, said he spent the war traveling “all across Europe, clear into Germany.”

“Mainly we made sure we had communications between the supply depots and the front line,” he said of his duties. “At times it was pretty rough, but we made it.”

He said one particular assignment he will never forget involved an unexpected boon in terms of transportation.

“I always think how lucky we were when we got to the Rhine River and found a bridge — all of the bridges were supposed to have been gone months before,” Millard said. “It was a railroad bridge, but our engineers rigged it so we could use it. I spent four days there directing traffic.”

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