The Greatest Generation Speaks


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Fenton History Center

WWII Veteran Paul Arnone of Jamestown will share recollections of his service during a special program presented by the Vets Finding Vets program of the Fenton History Center on Thursday, September 15 at 2 PM. Arnone had a fascination for ships and decided to enlist in the Navy before he was drafted and placed elsewhere. He enlisted in December 1942. Following boot camp at Sampson, NY, he enrolled in Signal Corp training.

His served as a Signalman on a Landing Ship Tank, also known as a LST. The Navy delivered ground troops, tanks, supplies, and equipment using LSTs during the D-Day invasion. He will share about his time in the Navy which includes serving on the LST during the D-Day invasion.

The Vets Finding Vets program is supported in part by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The program, which was started Veterans Day 2014 allows free access to the Fenton Research Center for Veterans, active military, and Reservists. It allows the Veterans to use the research facility, resources, and assistance to begin or further their family history search, locate old service comrades, or to help the volunteer research staff to collect information regarding the soldiers buried in Chautauqua County cemeteries. The veterans in the program are encouraged to contribute their military record, photographs, and memories of their service so they will be preserved and shared.

The Vets Finding Vets program plans to present up to four Veterans stories each year to further share the local history of local Veterans. Anyone interested in joining the program is encouraged to call program manager Barbara Cessna at the Fenton History Center, 716-664-6256, or email