#VeteranOfTheDay Van Domineck


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Corps Veteran Van Domineck. Van served during World War II.

Van was born in 1919. He was living in Middletown, Ohio when he was drafted in 1942. Van served in infantry, twice risking his life on the front lines and nearly perishing. In an interview with the Veterans History Project, he explained how his time in the war seemed like a blur. “Only thing you think about is getting home and not telling what you’ve seen. You can hardly even tell what’s going to happen to you next. You just gotta do what you have to to survive.”

When the war ended in 1945, Van was on his way back to the United States. He remembers being on a ship in the middle of the ocean when it was announced that the war was over. “We just jumped for joy,” he said.

Van was earned, among many rewards, the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and a Sharp Shooter Badge.

Although his time in service was perilous, Van ultimately thinks it benefited him in some important ways. “Nine times out of ten if you go to the service you’ll come out even to be a better person… a better human being then you ever was.”

We honor your service, Van.


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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.

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Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.