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Vermont student travels to Shreveport to meet inspirational WWII Veteran

A Vermont boy with a love of history traveled to Shreveport Thursday to meet a man who inspired him. Luke Jackson's teacher assigned him a project for National History Day, and he chose to create a website about the Berlin Air Lift. The air lift is considered the 1st battle of the Cold War.

Rather than just gather information from the Internet or books, Luke decided to go straight to the men who were there. He sent emails to several veterans, including retired Staff Sgt. Lewis Dale Wipple in Shreveport. 

"When I got the questionnaire, I went to work on it right away," said Wipple.

Wipple sent Luke pictures, newspaper articles, and shared several stories about the Berlin Air Lift.

"We helped a former enemy, the women and the children of Berlin. The Soviets had blockaded them and cut off all food and fuel and industrial supply. The only way to supply these people was by air and we got the job done," said Wipple.

"He inspired me, and got me really into history. I mean I liked it before, but talking to veterans and talking to Mr. Wipple really made me realize we should be talking to more veterans and getting more of their stories together so everything is not forgotten," said Luke.

As much as Luke wanted to meet the man who shared his stories, Wipple wanted to meet the boy who took his experiences and recorded them in a way that future generations could see.

As a reward for winning the National History Day project for the state of Vermont, Luke got all expenses paid trip to the National WWII museum. The organizers of the trip helped make the detour to meet Wipple possible.

To see Luke's website, click here.

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