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“The Greatest Generation” at SteelStacks honors local veterans

From the Devil’s Brigade – considered to be the first special forces unit in U.S. military history – to a unique fuse that helped win the Battle of the Bulge, the community is invited to honor the region’s veterans and discover the untold stories of World War II as SteelStacks hosts “The Greatest Generation” Veterans Day event.

The free event takes place at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Reserve tickets by calling 610-332-3378 or visiting the Box Office.

“The Greatest Generation: Untold Stories of World War II” features first-hand accounts of veterans’ experiences. Special guests are:

• Frank Lordan, who as a U.S. Army Ammunition Corporal operated a proximity fuse that Patton credited with helping to win the Battle of the Bulge;

• 1st Sgt. Paul Kunkel, who as a member of the Amy’s 22nd Special Services Company was among those tasked with converting Shinto shrines in occupied Japan into movie houses for U.S. troops;
*Bert Winzer, who was part of the U.S. Army 1st Special Service Force, the grandfather of the special forces; and

• Hank Kudzik, who was part of numerous submarine missions in the Pacific Ocean, including the sinking of the Japanese carrier Sōryū at the Battle of Midway.

Moderator for the event is Frank Gunter, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel and head of Lehigh University’s Veterans Association.

The event also will include a Presentation of the Colors by the Steel Battalion ROTC unit and a screening of “The USS Indianapolis: The Legacy,” the 2015 documentary.

During the film, ArtsQuest will collect donations for the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project Honor Bus, which has taken hundreds of veterans to Washington to visit the memorial monuments.

Veterans Day activities will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with the Swingtime Dolls, followed at 12:30 p.m. by a reception with refreshments in the Creativity Commons.

As guests arrive, they’ll be greeted by local World War II veterans, as well as World War II re-enactors.

Representatives of the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project and members of Girl Scout Troop 6030 also will be on hand.

"The Greatest Generation" is presented by Embassy Bank and made possible through a partnership between Phoebe Ministries, Lehigh University Veterans Association, Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project and ArtsQuest. For information, visit steelstacks.org.

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