Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recently provided a hand-written memoir of World War II Veteran, Harold E. Bondy, to the Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress.
John Bondy, resident of Perrysburg, Ohio, and son of the late Harold Bondy had heard about Congressman Latta’s involvement with VHP from a cousin and had decided to share his father’s memoir with Latta while at an event at the local firehouse.
“As soon as I read this first-hand account of Harold Bondy, I knew it belonged at the Library of Congress with the Veterans History Project,” said Latta. “It is so important that we preserve the stories of the brave men and women who served our country so that our future generations can better understand the risks and sacrifices that were made to protect our freedoms and liberties.”
Harold E. Bondy served as a member of the United States Army in the European theatre during World War II. Bondy began his tour of duty in November of 1943 as a member of the 45th Division in North Africa, and then served in Italy and France. While on a mission, he was later captured by a German patrol and sent to a German Stalag prisoner of war camp until he was liberated by his own Division in May of 1945.
Included within the 77 hand-written pages are sketches Harold Bondy drew to depict some of his experiences, along with official military documents, and photos taken during his service days. Harold Bondy received several medals for his service, including the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Purple Heart, and three Bronze Stars. John Bondy said he was honored to share his father’s story with Congressman Latta and the Veterans History Project.
As part of an initiative to preserve the America’s history and heritage, Congressman Latta collaborated last year with the Library of Congress’ VHP, a nationwide project to collect and preserve personal stories from America’s war veterans and those American civilians who served in support of them. More about the project can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/vets/