Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars News Editor Sandra Myers said that a woman in Iowa got in touch with a friend of hers in April with a request that he find someone to interview her uncle, Hopkinsville man Herman Pool. The woman, Lynn Ericson, had called Commander John Brame of Hopkinsville’s VFW Post 1913 because Poole was a member. She explained that her daughter, Sarah Beth, was supposed to do a class project in which she would interview a World War II veteran. The project would be archived at the Library of Congress for the Veterans History Project.
Although Brame said he didn’t have anyone at his post who would be able to help with the project, he put her in touch with Myers. In an e-mail, Ericson told Myers that Sarah Beth has Arthrogryposis, which involves congenital joint dislocations. Although surgeries over the years have repaired the dislocations, her legs can’t bear weight and she has to use a wheelchair. Sarah Beth would have like a motorized wheelchair, but their insurance would not cover the cost. One year, she and Sarah Beth had attended a family reunion and Pool had noticed how she couldn’t keep up with the other children. Within a couple of weeks, Ericson received a phone call from her father telling her that Pool (Uncle Bubby, as Ericson called him) had bought a motorized wheelchair. Because of this act of kindness, Sarah Beth wanted to do her history project on Pool, even if he hadn’t “seen any action” during the war.
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