Voices of Dutchess County Veterans
The Dutchess County Historical Society believes that every American can better participate in, and benefit from, our extraordinary free and democratic country by hearing and preserving the stories of veterans who have served. We benefit from coming to understand and appreciate their patriotism, sacrifice, and service which has kept us free. To that end, our mission is to create aids through video and other media to help us bring these stories to the general public, including a focus on youth. Ultimately, our wish is that this leads to an increase in participation in service to country and community, and their support of the ideals of patriotism.
My view is, serve your country, and serve it well. ~ George Mackey, Hopewell Junction
I am, was, and will remain ready to give my life for this county. ~ Greg Liu, Tivoli
I am glad I am an American Citizen. It's a great country. ~ Victor Sepe, Millbrook.
When we thank a veteran for their service, these are a few examples of what we are thanking them for.
Above left: interviewees and their friends and families gathered July 28 to get a preview of the "I served..." pilot video at Milan Town Hall. Extraordinary thanks to the seven interviewees for their candor and participation. Above right: left to right, John Byron, Victor Sepe, Julia Liu, Greg Liu with Ken Mallen seated. Bob Couse absent from photo. We regret to announce that George Mackey passed away on July 20th. We are grateful not only for his service, but his story of service that he leaves us. "I served..." is an evolving program, please help spread the word to help us gain funding, and audiences for these lessons to be shared. Below: the seven men and women in our launch video.
Radarman, US Navy 1944 to 1951
WWII, Korean War
Infantryman, US Army 1950 to 1953
Capt. US Air Force 1986 - 1991
SSgt. US Air Force 1986 to 1994
Ordnance, US Army 1950 to 1953
Sgt. US Army 1941 to 1945
World War II, Pacific
Sonarman, US Navy 1943 to 1946
World War One
Spanish American War
Below left: Spanish American War Veteran of Pine Plains, Fred Knickerbocker, is profiled by his great-great-grandson, J.M. Kemp, in a 2018 DCHS Yearbook article. Below right: images used as backdrop for talk by Kemp at DCHS 2018 Annual Meeting.
Volunteers emerge and assemble as the war begins in 1861. Letters from Pvt. Evert Traver to his father. 1982 DCHS Yearbook, overview of Civil War in Dutchess. 2015 and 2016 DCHS Yearbooks dedicated to the topic.