Charles Albert Dumas was a 19 year old young man when he answered the call of his country in 1943. He was a Private First Class in the Army Corps of Engineers. Recently, he served his country again by telling his story to Jeffrey and Kyler Phillips for the Veterans History Project. A little less than two years ago, Retired Col. Anita Deason, Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison for Sen. John Boozman’s office, spoke at the Pangburn library about the Veterans History Project. In attendance were Jeffrey and Kylar Phillips and they decided to take on the project and help record Veterans stories for the Library of Congress.
In a letter from Karen Lloyd, Director of the Veterans History Project, Lloyd told the Phillips’, “It is always a pleasure to hear that a volunteer and a veteran from two different generations find common ground though their participation in the Veterans History Project.” Lloyd went on to say that they should be proud that their “efforts will benefit countless researchers, authors, filmmakers, students and many more people who, like the fine citizens of Pangburn, have a heart for veterans and want to hear directly from them.”
On Sunday afternoon the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church outside of Pangburn held a special program to view the recording of Private Dumas’ story. Col. Deason attended the program and thanked all involved for working on the project. Private Dumas was there and received a certificate recognizing him for telling his story.