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Veterans Day 2008
Tyrrell Historical Library
News Release
Thursday, November 06, 2008


Beaumont - The Tyrrell Historical Library is opening a new exhibit honoring World War II veterans on November 8.  The event is so popular that it will open at two different times, 10:00 AM. & 2:00 PM.

The exhibit is truly back by popular demand.  After the success of last year’s exhibit, patrons requested a new exhibit with different World War II veterans.  Their wish is now fulfilled with an exhibit featuring photographs and biographies of World War II veterans from Southeast Texas.

The day will feature displays by the Gulf Coast Living History Association of military memorabilia and uniforms of all branches of service.  The Melody Maids, an organization founded in World War II to entertain servicemen, and which traveled the world bringing a bit of cheer to the armed forces, will provide a sing-a-long of military hymns and World War II era songs.

The guest speaker for the event will be Conrad John Netting IV.  Mr. Netting, of San Antonio, will discuss the life and legacy of his father, Conrad John Netting III, who was killed a month before Netting was born.

The elder Netting was a fighter pilot in World War II.  He had married the year before, and he so hoped the baby due in a month would be a boy that he had Conjon IV painted near the nose of his P-51 fighter.

Four days after D-Day, in 1944, Lieutenant Netting was reported missing in action.  Seven months later his status was changed to killed in action.  He never learned that his child was indeed a son.

Conrad Netting IV grew up with limited knowledge of his father’s military service.  After his mother’s death in 1993, he received a footlocker which began to reveal his father’s dramatic story.  He was later contacted by a French family which had seen his father’s plane crash decades before.

Netting traveled to France and learned the complete story of his father’s life and tragic death.  He will share the tale which is part love story, part wartime thriller, and part coming of age thriller at the exhibit opening at the Tyrrell Library.

Mr. Netting has written a book, Delayed Legacy, about his father’s life and legacy.  He will have the book for sale after the exhibit openings.

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