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New Book Highlights Stories Of Idaho Veterans

Lacey Daley
Boise State Public Radio
A copy of the new book, Voices From the Warhawk Air Museum.

The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa has been recording the stories of Idaho veterans for more than a decade. It’s part of the Library of Congress and its Veterans History Project.

Each veteran tells their story on video as a way to preserve the history of their service in their own words. Now the museum has gone a step further, with a new book that captures those stories in pictures and print.

Bob Sobba helped record the veterans and came up with the idea of a book. He helped take 61 of the 900 stories and put them into the book, “Voices From the Warhawk Air Museum.”

Sobba says the stories range from stateside duty, to combat to day-to-day life in the military. He remembers one Idaho veteran who, just like the movie Private Ryan, lost three brothers.

“That family lost three people to the service. They don’t get much publicity, they didn’t make a movie about that or anything, but still, here was an outstanding story that we recorded,” Sobba says.

Sobba will talk about the book at the Meridian Library on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the book go to support the Veterans History Project at the Warhawk.

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As Senior Producer of our live daily talk show Idaho Matters, I’m able to indulge my love of storytelling and share all kinds of information (I was probably a Town Crier in a past life!). My career has allowed me to learn something new everyday and to share that knowledge with all my friends on the radio.