November 7, 2017
Dog tags, insignia, and a piece of the bullet that wounded Walter Olmsted (top right) are part of Walter's collection and memories from his time served in Europe during WWII.
Around 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive today, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics. Three hundred and sixty two WWII veterans die each day.
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Looking at Walter you might guess he’s around 60 years old, so when he told me he just celebrated his 95th birthday my jaw hit the floor. His energy is contagious and you just can’t help smiling after spending any amount of time with him. Walter Olmsted Jr. was born in upstate New York on Sept. 22, 1922.