This May visitors have a chance to explore a bit of local military history on display at the William E. Durr branch. The display features an array of World War II memorabilia, much of which is on display for the very first time.

Visitors can see a range of items including medals, such as a Purple Heart medal belonging to Warren John Richardson, Coxswain, US Navy. Mr. Richardson was born in Covington and lived in both Latonia and Ludlow. Mr. Richardson served on the USS Arizona and was killed during the December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. A special framed photo of Mr. Richardson can be seen on display at the library.

Other items on display are those relating to Karl DeBord. Mr. DeBord was born in Olive Hill, KY and lived in various residences throughout Kentucky and Ohio prior to joining the military. Mr. Debord was killed in 1945 at Iwo Jima. On display, are photos and information on Mr. Debord as well as the original telegram notification of his death, original letters/certificates, and his medals including a Purple Heart.

Additional items on display include photos, maps, uniforms, brochures, and other military paraphernalia. This display is on loan through the generosity of Mr. Robert Snow. Mr. Snow is a Naval veteran, recognized military historian, and unit historian for the Sons of the American Legion. He maintains a collection that includes items from the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Mr. Snow’s displays have been featured in a number of different locations including Kroger and the Behringer-Crawford Museum, as well as a variety of military institutions. Mr. Snow resides in Taylor Mill with his family.


Written by: Tanya Pemberton Librarian – Patron Experience

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