Ben Cooper, 92, of West Hartford was a combat medic in the 45th Infantry Division which helped to liberate the Dachau concentration camp. Cooper began to talk about his horrific experiences and memories from World War II in 1990. “It’s been a healing process for me,” he says. Cooper is one of more than a dozen veterans we have interviewed and photographed for our Connecticut At War coverage. I believe it is liberating for all of us when veterans tell us what happened. Like Cooper, Seymour ‘Sy’ Reitman and Rico Pace, my uncle Doc fought in the Battle of the Bulge. But I was never able to listen to nor learn anything first-hand from him about the war before he died in a VA hospital in 1987. I had only known from my mother that his tank was blown up, he had been captured by the Germans and they took his wedding ring. Fast-forward to ‘The War’ series by Ken Burns. In amazing detail it recounts the deadly POW escape attempt hatched by General George S. Patton. I learned how my uncle Doc survived the deadly German machine guns on that dark, chaotic night and eventually returned home to my aunt Gert.
- Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) is stretches to the limit for a pass as UCF Knights forward Nyala Shuler (12) puts an arm into her back during the second half at the XL Center in Hartford Wednesday night in Hartford. Collier scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 101-51 victory. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Playing follow the leader, members of the Berkshire League ski teams learn the slalom course set up on the Gunbarrel slope at Ski Sundown Wednesday afternoon. The Birkshire Ski League are private high schools from western Connecticut. MICHAEL McANDREWS | email@example.com
- (L to R) Binh and Sithuy Nguyen go for their daily walk along the Connecticut River Thursday afternoon as ice flows past. The recent cold temperatures have started to freeze the slow moving river, the photo was taken from the Charter Oak Overpass. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alert to the arrival of her car, seagulls flock for a buffet of cheezy popcorn courtesy of Rocky Hill resident Marian Lazzeri Thursday afternoon. Lazzeri brings the popcorn, her favorite, to the Rocky Hill boat launch to feed the birds every day. MICHAEL McANDREWS | email@example.com
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