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Anderson County Museum Publishing World War II Book

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The Anderson County Museum is publishing a book this fall containing stories of World War II from Anderson County's perspective.

"A Necessary War: Anderson County Residents Remember World War II" will include the stories of veterans as well as civilians who supported the war effort in 1941-45. The author of the book, Kathryn Smith, has been conducting interviews since last fall.

"We don't ever need to forget what happened during those years," Smith says.

The book will include stories from different places in the war including the frontlines in Europe and Japan plus a story about a military intelligence analyst in Washington D.C.

"One man was a Prisoner of War of the Germans," Smith says.

There's also a story about the home front in Anderson County.

The book will be released on October 22, 2013 to coincide with the museum's 30th anniversary.

Dr. Marshall Meadors, a family physician with Primary Care Associates, spearheaded the project.

"As I was caring for patients, I realized many were World War II veterans who had extraordinary memories about their war experiences," he said. "But I also realized these men were in their late 80s and 90s and many are dying or developing memory loss before their stories can be shared with a wider audience."

The Anderson County Museum is seeking donations for the project in any amount, but donors who contribute $100 or more will receive complementary copies of the book and various forms of recognition for the World War II heroes they want to honor.  Donations are tax deductible. Proceeds from the sale of the book will help the museum expand its exhibit on Anderson County's military history. For information, contact Beverly Childs, director, at 864.260.4737

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