“To meet Anke was to remember her. Vivacious in youth, determined and resolute in her final years, she was a force of nature."Editor's Note:This quote comes from Anna Boon's obituary in the Charlotte Observer July 26-27, 2019.

“(My father) moved to Denmark. He was an engineer. My dad worked for Curtiss Wright for a government contract near Clearfield, Pennsylvania. (Their neighborhood) was just sidewalks…(a) Beaver Cleaver kind of neighborhood. We knew about (the POW…

“She had a younger brother five years younger and his name was Hans. They were going back and forth between Indonesia and the Netherlands, she and her brother, because my grandmother and grandfather felt they needed what they called 'a proper…

“If you know a little about Indonesia, actually the Europeans exploited the Indonesians because they had rubber, oil, sugar, and generally they became a colony of some European nation and it was Holland at the time, the Netherlands. And so, the…

“So, she was received, and she was put in boarding school, I believe the family lived in Kent or Sussex. So she was put in boarding school there, and then when it was no longer safe, and they were getting people out of, kind of what I call 'the…

"Mother and Dad started dating again after the war, and with Grandma Fred’s coaxing and Mother’s proposal they were married and started a family right away. We three children were born two years apart. So my parents went from the war to domesticity.…

“Well, it brings back good memories. It brings back some bad ones. But — whatever I know is over — and I don’t have to live them again.”“I guess I should [feel proud]. I went into a country that was against us and I made it. And I hope that I…

“We was in Oklahoma, we lived on a base. They had just two or three houses in Oklahoma, but usually the army base has quite a few houses. But in Oklahoma they didn’t have many."Linda Jean, Faye Edwards' daughter: “It was a game reserve in Oklahoma…

“I wanted to go to any place that they’d send me that I hadn’t been.”“We had parades there, and this is us in the summer uniform. That’s just the army. The army is going to parade you regardless of where you’re at.”Walt, Faye Edwards' son: “She…

“I don’t remember my daddy, he was killed in the coal mines. And my mother, she remarried when I was ten or eleven.”“She worked for a while in a dress factory, but she was everybody’s maid whenever they wanted to do something in the family. They’d…