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Veterans Tell Stories for GSC Archive Project

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CLARKSBURG -

Clara Eaton, 88, is one of hundreds of West Virginia veterans who felt her story could help or interest others.

"I didn't do anything spectacular. I wasn't in harm's way. But yet I felt like I was serving the county," the World War II veteran said.

Glenville State College's West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project conducted an interview with Eaton and many others to archive on a new website.

Eaton felt "flabbergasted" when GSC asked if she'd participate, but also honored, she said.

"The children need to realize that we all served and some of it wasn't as spectacular or as dangerous but yet we served," Eaton said.

Eaton is part of a group that is shrinking as the World War II veteran population gets older.

Bob Henry Baber conducted interviews at the Veterans Affairs Nursing Home in Clarksburg Wednesday.

"We have to have tissues in here with us because sometimes we cry, sometimes we laugh. These people are literally handing their lives to us," Baber said.

They're handing their lives, in the form of great memories, like when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died: "I have a picture of my platoon marching around the flagpole with the flag at half-mass," Eaton said. And when Japan surrendered: "People were in the windows and doorways and out on the sidewalks hollering and screaming and throwing confetti."

In West Virginia, a state with one of the largest veteran populations in the U.S., no story is too short or too small.

Organizers planned to expand the project into a documentary, photo exhibit and theatrical play.