As the World recognizes the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, the library invites our patrons to share their family stories of WWII. Whether you have a relative who was a service member, a victim of a concentration or internment camp, or someone who worked on the home front, tell us the story! You can submit your story via the form below, or ask for a story page, fill it out and hand it in at the Help Desk. In May, we will share the stories here as well as display them in the library.
Submitter's Name: Becky Ingram
About: My great uncle, Staff Sgt. Neal Lanigan, US Army, 15th Infantry, 3rd Division. European Front.
Story: Neal was part of the North Africa/Italy battles. He was wounded by shrapnel in the arm in 1943 in Sicily, and received the purple heart and oak leaf cluster awards. He was reported missing in action some months before that before being found in the rosters later. On March 1, 1944 he was killed in action while engaging in battle at Anzio. He showed great valor by providing cover for his platoon to get them over an exposed hill and was awarded the Silver Star posthumously. He was 29 years old. He was from the small town of Arena, Wisconsin. His body was recovered and shipped home for burial in 1947 so they could finally have a funeral. His parents also represented Gold Star families in the area when a new football field was built in honor of those who served and died in the war.