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Scout collects local veterans’ memories for Library of Congress

 As part of his Eagle Scout project, Philadelphia Boy Scout Derek Copeland has volunteers interview military veterans and record their stories for the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, December 28, 2014 in Philadelphia. Derek Copeland points out some badges to World War II vet Alex Kane of Philadelphia.(Photo: JODI SAMSEL/Courier-Post)

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Philadelphia Boy Scout Derek Copeland has volunteers interview military veterans and record their stories for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, December 28, 2014 in Philadelphia. Derek Copeland points out some badges to World War II vet Alex Kane of Philadelphia.(Photo: JODI SAMSEL/Courier-Post)

Cherry Hill native Richard Feldman heard buglers play “Taps” one too many times.

The mournful dirge marked the end of dozens of funerals he attended as an Vietnam-era Air Force casualty officer.

John Lauriello of Haddon Township was in the first wave of Marines who landed on Iwo Jima. He lived through one of World War II’s bloodiest battles and witnessed the U.S. flag raising on Mount Suribachi, an event immortalized in an iconic photo.

Gordon Bocher of Marlton wrote a book about his military service as one of the few survivors of an Air Force plane shot down in Vietnam. Years later, he was involved in the failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran.

Those stories and other veterans’ remembrances were recorded Sunday as part of an Eagle Scout project and will donated be to the ongoing Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. Read more

(By Comegno, Courier-Post. The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)

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