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World War II In Their Own Words
October 4, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History comes alive at White Lake Community Library on Wednesday, October 4th, at 5:30pm! Hear the recorded words of Lt. Fred Bahlau of the 101st Airborne who describes what it was like to be a paratrooper during WWII. Fred’s story is brought to the White Lake Community Library by historian Larry Martin who has spent many years collecting WWII artifacts as well as recording the stories of the people who were involved. Come early at 5pm to see Larry’s extensive memorabilia collection. Funding for this program generously donated by the Friends of the White Lake Community Library. Registration is appreciated at wlclib.org/calendar.
Lt. Fred Bahlau parachuted into Normandy France at about 3am on the 6th of June 1944, commonly known as D-Day. He also jumped into Holland on the 17th of September, 1944, was surrounded during the Battle of the Bulge, and assisted in freeing the concentration camp at Landsberg. Because of Fred’s courage, people skills, and the deaths of many men who were his superior in rank, Fred held every enlisted pay grade as well as Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant during his time fighting in WWII and received two Silver Stars for gallantry.