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March 1, 2021

Stories of Service: Jack Sturla

In this Story of Service, Gilroy-native Jack Sturla describes
his pride in leading a squadron of planes in attacks near Papua New
Guinea off the coast of Australia.
This continues our Wednesday series
– running from Memorial Day to Veterans Day – highlighting a
local veteran in a student-made film.
photo gallery of students talking with the veterans and making
their films.
This spring, 165 Gilroy High School sophomores produced videos chronicling the lives of local World War II veterans.

These Stories of Service recount tales of being the target of kamikaze attacks, surviving a Holocaust camp, spending up to 45 days submerged in a submarine and much more.

For the films – which are generally narrated by the veteran – students worked in teams to get the veterans’ stories, find photos and videos from the time period, assemble the information into a cohesive visual and auditory narrative, and turned them into DVDs.

The Dispatch is honoring these veterans and the work of these students by showing one of the 26 videos every Wednesday from today – the Wednesday before Memorial Day – to Nov. 12 – the day after Veterans Day.

In this Story of Service, Gilroy-native Jack Sturla describes his pride in leading a squadron of planes in attacks near Papua New Guinea off the coast of Australia.

Click on a date below to view a student-made movie about that week’s veteran.

photo gallery of students talking with the veterans and making their films and a

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