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The Kensmen Time Capsule
How do you want to be remembered?
History is not random. History is written by the victors and often the authors have PR materials on their desks.
Most people believe WWII in the Pacific was Pearl Harbor, several invasions by the Marines and then we dropped an A Bomb. The reality is very different.
The largest invasion in history was D-Day. How many Marines were there? Zero
The second largest invasion was at Luzon. How man Marines were there? Zero.
The Marines went to Guadalcanal but they needed the Army to finish the job.
At Okinawa, the Marines went ashore and then the Army once again came in and got the job done.
The Marines have a wonderful PR machine, and everyone else takes a back seat.
The 43rd Bomb Group Association is going to protect the legacy of family members who served when their country called by making sure their stories are collected, recorded and made easily available to the historians of today and the future.
January 15, of 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the Activation of the 43rd Bomb Group at Langley Field, Virginia.
At this year's reunion at Langley the 43rd will be loading a time capsule which is to be opened in 2091, 75 years from now. Any member of the 43rd, or their family members, can place memoirs, items, photos or anything that you believe will help the historians of the future better understand our story and what the 43rd did and who they were.
Examples of what you might insert might be any written memoirs, personal letters, pictures and diaries, artifacts like short snorters, insignia, maps, etc. All donated items will be inventoried, photographed or scanned before being sealed in the time capsule. The actual list of contents will be made by the veterans present, who will also place all items in the time capsule.
The entire process will be videotaped. Also, you will not need to be present to have your items placed in the capsule so send what you would like and include it’s story along with your own. If your veteran is unable to come, or has passed away, please send your items and we will ensure their placement into the capsule. We want your story along with his, all members are important.
Our Newsletter Editor, COL (ret) Louise Terrell, daughter of William “Bill” Voght of the 64th will be receiving the items between now and the reunion. See the links to the form below. Otherwise bring your item with you to the reunion and we will do our best at that time to have it included.
This will be our message to the future, what we as a group want to say to the historians of the 22nd Century. What they say and write about us, the 43rd Bomb Group. With your help we will do everything we can to make sure the 43rd’s story is preserved and accessible.
Please print out this Time Capsule Submission Form and send it, along with the item(s) you want to submit,
to the address found at the bottom of the form.
The form in Microsoft Word format
The form in jpg graphic format
(note that not all time capsule submissions will be posted at our website. Additionally, at no time will any time capsule contribution be posted here without the express pre-approval of the submitter):