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Military Museum marks 2,000 stories recorded

Spa City project records actions of nation’s vets in their own words

WorldWar II Veteran Charles Evans, left, with Wayne Clarke from the New York State Military Museum. Evans, 94, recently recorded the 2,000th oral history to be entered into the museum’s project.

WorldWar II Veteran Charles Evans, left, with Wayne Clarke from the New York State Military Museum. Evans, 94, recently recorded the 2,000th oral history to be entered into the museum’s project.

Evans said that some missions saw the loss of 1,000 airplanes inone day. He recalled, “If the Germans had had the free run they would have won the war, but we bombed their manufacturing resources, mainly their fuel sources.”

After the war, Evans had a long and distinguished career with American Airlines. He now resides in Saratoga Springs and recently celebrated his 94th birthday with many family and friends visiting from out oftown.

The 2,000 veteran interviews are available to the public and researchers at the New York Military Museum located at 61 Lake Avenue inSaratoga Springs, and some can be accessed through the Saratoga Springs Public Library at http://www.sspl.org/research/local_history/veterans.

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