The Baker High School library hummed Thursday morning with the voices of local war veterans telling stories of their service and answering questions from students.
Among the veterans, Randy Guyer laid out photos and documents for students to see, explaining his different responsibilities and assignments.
Guyer described some of his jobs within the army, including one with the thought-provoking title of nuclear burst measurement officer.
Irv Townsend, a former Army helicopter pilot, sat with a group of students who admired his slide show of pictures from his exploits during the Vietnam War.
He has more than 1,000 slides.
He told students, as they looked at the scenes, that “what you’re going to see is my perspective of being a pilot.”
Summer Curry described her time in the Army, gesturing to a prayer rug and vase she brought for students to see from her 20 years and one month of service. That included stints in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006, and in Iraq, 2008-09.
Ayden Welk, a freshman asked; “What was it like serving?”
“I loved it,” anwered Curry, who works as a custodian at Baker High.
She also had photos for students to look through.
Hal Huntington served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 until his retirement in 1980. He traveled to Washington, D.C, Kansas, Portugal and many other places.
“We did a fair amount of traveling,” Huntington said.
He said he appreciates the opportunity to meet students and answer their questions.
“I think this program’s tremendous,” Huntington said. “It’s nice to talk to the kids.”
The students enjoyed their time with the veterans, thanking them for their time and for meeting with them.
“I love it,” said Katie Huntington, a sophomore and Hal Huntington’s granddaughter. “I love meeting people from the service. It’s fun hearing their stories, seeing the places they went. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn what the military is besides watching TV and movies.”
“It’s a nice event to have; to talk to the veterans, to talk about their experiences,” said Joey Winans, a junior.
Logan Larkin, a senior, was one of the escorts to help the veterans for the second year in a row. He is going into construction with the Navy and ships out in July.