WASP Pilot Virginia “Ginger” Sweet from Quaker Springs will be one of the focuses of a talk by Sean Kelleher, the Town of Saratoga Historian, will give a on four Saratoga World War II veterans and contractors on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 pm at the meeting of the Old Saratoga Historical Association.at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville.
During World War II, there were many arenas where women contributed to the war effort, and one of those was the wild blue yonder. In 1943, writer Ann Stevick visited the WASPs stationed at Camp Davis in Onslow County. Her article can be read on the link http://www.newsobserver.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/past-times/article139094393.html#storylink=cpy
The talk will include John “Lefty” Milligan (former major league pitcher and flight instructor), Lawrence Ruff (decorated naval officer serving in the Pacific), and Arthur Traver (artillerist in Europe).
Saratoga has long been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals during World War II who helped define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that helped define the American spirit. Historian Sean Kelleher will focus on a few individuals from the Saratoga community that changed this country and even the world.
All meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information call 698-3211.