For the past three-and-a-half years I have had the extreme privilege of interviewing veterans on behalf of the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress.
Almost all of my 32 interviews were veterans from Loomis and the surrounding areas. Most were veterans of World War II, including four Japanese-Americans from the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team. What an honor it has been to record these veterans’ wartime experiences for their families and the nation.
As I soon will be passing this process to another person, I wanted to thank several entities and individuals without whom none of this would have been possible.
They are: Martha Garcia, former editor of The Loomis News, the Loomis Town Council (2009) who provided the camera and allowed use of the council chambers for many of the interviews, Loomis town staff who were more than courteous and helpful in providing equipment and facilities when needed, the local veterans groups who helped contact interested veterans, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Sacramento County under whose auspices the entire program is managed, and, last but not least, the VHP Coordinator for RSVP, Gail Hoberman.
Bob Golling, a Loomis resident, Vietnam veteran and writer, will be taking over the VHP here and will provide contact information in the near future.
I truly wish Bob the same personal satisfaction that I have experienced during the past three plus years in providing our local veterans the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for their families and their country.
Again, thanks to all of you who made this experience possible, particularly our remarkable veterans, and my best wishes to all concerned.
Michael B. Neal, Loomis