In the spring of 2017, Mrs. Williams' English 11: Power of Narrative classes took the This Reading Life feature storytelling project and turned it into a community endeavor. Inspired by Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a novel about soldiers' experiences in the Vietnam War, students invited veterans living in the Reading community to our school in order to hear and record their first-hand experiences. Students, as amateur storytellers, crafted stories and learned what it was like to serve our country. These stories, from World War II to the Gulf War to those who served during peacetime, from all branches of the military, are forever recorded below. Whether they saw combat or not, veterans are listed below during the time of conflict they served.

Special thanks to Mr. Kevin Bohmiller, Reading's Veterans' Service Officer, for his herculean effort in helping to coordinate this project.


Mr. Nelson Burbank, World War II, B-29 Bomber
by Kevin Joos & Johnny Tierno


Mr. George Wetmore, World War II, Navy
by Caitlin Stolecki, Meghan Flynn, & Alexandra Mahr


Mr. Michael Modica, World War II, B-17 Ball Turret Gunner
by Rachel Murrin & Kelly Chetwynd


Mr. Jack Russell, WWII & Korea
by Nathan Cannon, Shannon Parks, & Kerry Blanchard


Mr. Bill Brown, Korea
by Mikaela Boudreau & Taliah Melendy


Mr. Bill Grace, Korea
by Bryan Doucetter, Bijan Brothers-Sadri, and Chris Soracco


Mr. Frank Gray, Korea
by Dan Baker, Trevor Morton, & Jonah Giaquinto


Mr. Bud Lamsen, Korea
by Matt Percy, Connor Duffy, & Nick Bonazoli


Mr. Raymond Boyd, Vietnam & "John," Korea (and a beloved customer at Christopher's Restaurant)
by Zach Nazarro, Bryan Deroo, & Owen Collins


Mr. Ron Surrette, Vietnam
by Jake Figenbaum, Zac Aronis, & Ryan Monahan


Mr. Michael Shaffer, Vietnam
by Hannah Weise, Alyssa Baylis, & Cami Van Loon


Mr. Alan Horvath, Vietnam
by Adam Chase, Jack Guilotti, & Jack Driscoll


Mr. Carl Pendexter, Vietnam
by Sofia Spadafora, Grace Bowen, & Hannah Gibson


Mr. Kevin Bohmiller, Vietnam, Navy
by Sarah Minard, Courtney Bedingfield, & Morghann McGonagle


Ms. Jessica Theriault, Gulf War, Air Force (and RMHS Vice Principal)
by Nicole Millerick & Victoria Macheras