The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

John Cranmer Reflects on his Service in Vietnam

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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:57

Vietnam Veteran John Cranmer served in the Navy in Vietnam on a small landing craft that transported supplies to military outposts.  "We got shot at from both sides of the river," John explained in his short story about his Vietnam experience archived on our website. He served during the Tet Offensive at a time when fighting was most intense.

He took away from his experience the realization that life is short.  "It caused me to think seriously about my future and how I wanted to spend my life."

After the war, John worked in a publishing ministry, Source of Light Ministries in Morgan County.  He is chaplain for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and works with high school students in ROTC and veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan among others. In the photo above, John presented an award to Timothy Hollis, ROTC Cadet from Green County High School.

Enjoy this and other stories from our Athens area Vietnam vets from our website.  If you'd like to share a Vietnam memory with us contact Madeline Darnell, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 706-613-3650 ext. 343.


Richard "Ole" Olsen Talks About Vietnam

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Monday, 14 May 2012 10:34

For "Ole" the experience of serving in Vietnam is more than a memory. It was the source of close, life-long friendships, an insight into the "humanism of the planet," but most of all the influence on his life's work as an artist.  Watch his lively interview with Mary Kay Mitchell.

In this image Ole recalls looking out the helicopter window at the rice patties, rivers and other landscape features below.

Professor emeritus at UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art, Ole signed up to serve as a young man seeking Hemmingway-like adventure. His war buddies are still close friends, and he was a key influence in establishing a Vietnam War Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.

The Steffan Thomas Museum of Art, 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA is host to his show Vietnam Revisited III: Another Focus, opening May 18th.

This exhibition of works by Richard J. Olsen has been curated by guest curators Drs. Andrew & Hathia Hayes. The artwork in this collection represents not only the artist's response to his Vietnam experiences as a helicopter pilot, but also the direction in which his work went post-war.


A Community Snapshot on YouTube!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:23

Celebrating 50 Years: A Conversation with Brenda Bellinger, Milton Leathers and Rev. James Kendrick as they reflect on Athens history, politics and culture over the past 50 years. Very interesting conversation.  See more on the Community Snapshot page of this website, and chick on the link on the right of that page to listen. Conversation includes concert with Voices of Truth Gospel Choir on the occasion of the celebration of Kendrick's 50 years of service as pastor of the East Friendship Baptist Church.

We want your stories!

This Boomer project invites all Boomers in the greater Athens area to share a story, a memory, that identifies and highlights the richness and diversity of this large population.  The stories will be recorded and uploaded to our website so they can be shared with other boomers in our area. The Project website is a public, family friendly platform.

Stories should be from about 3 - 10 minutes.

Just to get you thinking, the categories are: Friends and Colleagues, Grandparents, Raising Children, Parents, Growing Up, School, Love and Relationships, Marriage and Partners, Working, Religion, Serious Illness, Family Heritage, War, and Remembering a Loved One.

To listen to two sample stories recorded by Advisory Board Member Clare Auwarter, go to the Community Snapshot page and find her two stories listed on the right side under 'Conversations.' She told two delightful stories, one about Working: My First Job and the other about Growing Up: Learning Manners.  Enjoy.

Download your copy of the Guidelines, or phone the grant coordinator, 706-613-3650 ext. 343.


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