WWII Vet Shares Stories of Hiroshima with Students

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Middle schoolers in Cumberland County got a unique learning opportunity on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, January 29th, 7th graders at Lakeside Middle School got a special visit from 92 year old local World War II veteran Richard Young to share his eyewitness account of an important part of history.

Young, who was a Navy photographer’s mate, was stationed in Japan right after the war ended and visited Hiroshima only three months after the bombing to take photos.

The students are currently reading the book Hiroshima by John Hersey, and officials say having Young come in to tell his story and share his photos helps students get a better understanding and appreciation of what they are learning about.


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