Daughters of D-Day – created in 2005 by Ilene Baker and Carol Schultz Vento

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Blog | 6 comments

 

We are the daughters (as well as son, nieces, nephews, and other types of relations or friends) of World War II veterans who served in the European or Pacific theatres and participated in combat.

We are looking for other men and women whose fathers (or other family or friends) fought in Europe, in the Pacific campaign, or anywhere during the span of World War II. We’d like to hear their stories. 

Our goal is to listen, to tell, to share, and to try to come to know how our those stories are woven into our own and form one tapestry.      

This project, created by women who have the shared experience of being raised by a father who served in combat during World War II, is attempting to build a chronicle of stories of what we know about our fathers, of our experiences being raised by these men, and how those experiences affected and continue to affect our lives.

Although started by two women whose fathers participated in the Normandy campaign, we are interested in all daughters and sons of World War II veterans who saw combat.  The goal of this project is to collect and preserve all of the stories we can, and make it possible to learn about our fathers and ultimately ourselves through careful listening to the stories our fathers told to us, or the stories that they didn’t tell and we are just learning about now.

Please contact us, send stories, and generally begin a dialog about the fathers we love, the men they were before and became after the war, the daughters and sons they raised, and the women and men we are today.

Daughters of D-Day

6 Comments

  1. Hey ladies! I think I have “met” both of you at some point over the past couple of years and I would love to know more about your blogs/writings. My dad was one of those dads that never spoke about his time in Normandy or again in the Pacific Theater so I’ve searched on my own to gather what information I could to piece together the dad I knew growing up with the veteran side of Ernie Doucette I never knew. Today, well for the past 7+ years now, I’ve been a volunteer and researcher with Soldiers Angels and now co-founder of Heavens Heroes doing what we can to help support the familes of those KIA in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    What could I contribute to the

  2. Opps! Sorry — contribute to the Daughters of D-Day? My passion for research is really in that area …just haven’t finished the Pacific Theater yet.

    Take care and have a blessed Thanksgiving!
    Louise

  3. Wow! I’m overwhelmed about this discovery today–“accidentally” coming across Carol’s information. My wonderful dad, who was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in WWII drank his way through a good part of his marriage and was very abusive when drinking. His true love to death did they part on earth had some heavy mental issues. Because of that, she took it out on me. Result: extremely abusive, dysfunctional family even after my dad stopped drinking when I was 13 for fear of losing mom. Never allowed near my dad (My mother’s mind rules), I finally got a chance to have a relationship with him (he 62 and me 32) when my mother died. However, it was too late. He had advanced Parkinsons and Alzheimers and re-lived the war. After I finish my memoir on cancer, I will be working on that book, but want to show him as the wonderful spirit who lived inside of him. Best, Georgia (Gippy)

    • Gippy, It is sad that the dysfunction of our families was given little attention after the war. There was no diagnosis of PTSD until 1980 and that was too late for many of us.

  4. Now I know why my Dad took his own life – even though he was literally enroute to his port of embarkation and on his way home after being rotated home !

    He had everything to live for.

    For that past 68 years ( I wss 12) I have often asked myself WHY?
    I always suspected it had to have been PTSD or something like that and that his suvival might have brought more grief than his death (If you can understnad wht I mean.)

    I look forward to reading your book and possibly joining a discussion group – I’m sure I am one of the older WW2 orphans so may have a different perspective.

    The was NO grief counseling … for anyone; no one ever spoke to me as discusion was just too painful.

    I am a member of AWON but they have never, to my knowledge, addressed these issues.

    • David, I am sorry for the years that you have suffered and had no one to help you understand the loss of your dad. It seems that there are many of us with so many unanswered questions about our fathers.

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