Granny and Pampaw

Lena and Logan could think of no better way to officially start a podcast than with telling the story of how their grandparents met. This isn’t a story they knew, so Lena interviewed her sister, family historian and genealogist, Era Ephraim. This is a decades long bittersweet story that starts in the segregated depression era South and continues through the trying times of WWII.

Lena also tells two unbelievable stories about her uncle, Logan’s dad.

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Episode Note

Because That’s So Meet Cute is a true love podcast the tragic story we discussed of eleven members of Pampaw’s battalion was cut. However, it’s an important story that more people should know because the story of America’s Black WWII soldiers should be shared more. At the the outset of the Battle of the Bulge eleven members of the Army’s 333rd Field Artillery Battalion got separated and ended up in Wereth, Belgium. A family took them in, offering food and shelter. Tragically, a Nazi Sympathizer informed the SS of their whereabouts, which led to their execution. To learn more about these brave men:

Documentary: The Wereth Eleven

Book: The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II

Articles: How Racism Hushed up the Nazi Wereth 11 Massacre of Black American Soldiers and The Wereth 11, a Little-Known Massacre During the Battle of the Bulge

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