George Holler Served in WWII; Participated in Historical Research Methods Interviews
The Mountain Ridge High School Historical Research Methods class, under the direction of Matt Ravenscroft, completed its first video documentary entitled “Our Freedom, Their Sacrifice” at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. The class project focused on researching and recording the experiences of local veterans of World War II.
During the course of the year, students had the opportunity to interview a number of local area veterans as well as visit the National Archives and Records Administration to copy original film footage of the war that coincided with these interviews. George Holler, one of the local veterans participating in the project, served from 1943-1945 in the U.S. Ninth Air force. Holler was a tail gunner on a B-26 Bomber that was shot down and crash landed six days after D-Day. He was one of only two survivors.
Mr. Holler passed away in March of 2011, just months after he concluded his interviews with Mountain Ridge students. His family generously donated most of his wartime memorabilia to the class to preserve and display for future Historical Research Methods students. The display, created by HRM students Sarah Deprey-Severance and Niki Folk, is located on the second floor of the high school just outside of the cafeteria.
To view clips from Mr. Holler’s interview and those from other participating veterans, visit www.mrhistoricalresearch.allconet.org. The website also features veteran bios and pictures. Full copies of the two DVD video documentary set are available for purchase. The cost is $20 or $15 for veterans. All proceeds will be used for the continuation of the HRM course. Contact Matt Ravenscroft at 301-687-8014 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.