Ed Pratt, William Tuley, Ed Veden and John Trowbridge, who fought in the
Battle of the Bulge, were in the audience on Thursday, November 17 when
Barry J. Veden told the Duneland Historical Society about his book: My
Heroes, The Men of Northern Indiana Chapter XXX Veterans of the Battle of
The author told of attending a dinner meeting of Chapter XXX Veterans of the
Battle of the Bulge in Michigan City with his father in December, 1997 on
the anniversary of the beginning of the battle. He was so impressed with
what those veterans had done that he began to interview them and My Heroes,
published in 2004 by BookSurge, LLC, was the result.
He recalled being a member of the first Writing Your Memoirs class at the
Westchester Public Library in 1990 and said he never expected to write a
book. He is now an associate member of Chapter XXX and editor of the
newsletter: Bulge Battle News.
Stories from thirty Northern Indiana veterans are included in the book. For
some it was difficult to talk about their experiences that cold winter and
Veden did not press for more details. Two asked him to leave out some
details after they read the written story.
The battle began on December 16, 1944 and lasted for 41 days. It was called
the Battle of the Bulge because of a bulge in the American lines.
When asked, the veterans said the name was used almost immediately when
reporters talking to Gen. Eisenhower heard the description of the American
Chapter XXX was organized in 1993 at the urging of Stew McDonnell with 25
members. It now has 100 members and associate members and meets quarterly in
Veteran Tuley told the story of two women who are associate members because
they are sister and niece of Sol Kokotovich of Gary who was killed on the
eve of the battle and hastily buried by his comrades. His body was
discovered in 2001 by a farmer and given a military burial attended by one
thousand Belgians along with honor guards from Belgium, United States and
Duneland Historical Society officers for 2006 were elected.
They are president, Nancy Hokanson; first vice president, Eva Hopkins;
second vice president, Joan Costello; treasurer, Marilyn Cook; secretary,
Dorothy Meyers; board members, Ascher Yates, Bertha Still, Jane Walsh-Brown,
Nancy Vaillancourt, Betty Canright, Ken Keller, Audrey Lipinski and Rita
The next meeting will be February 16, 2006 when the program will be “The
History of the Brown Mansion and its Families” presented by Jane Walsh-Brown
and Eva Hopkins.