Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Harold Richard Mabrey. Harold served during World War II.

Harold was born in February 1927. While living in Laflin, Missouri he was drafted into the Army. Harold trained in Texas before entering the war, where he served in Japan.

Harold was also deployed after the war had ended, sent to Japan as an occupational trooper. In his interview with the Veteran’s History Project, Harold remembers arriving to Japan and being impressed by the efficiency and differences of simple things, such as the trains. When Harold returned home, he began farming for his father and later worked in St. Louis for Wagner Electric.

In hindsight, Harold believes that his older age during his service led him to use a more mature and peaceful approach to his time in, as opposed to some younger soldiers. Discipline and education are the two biggest takeaways that Harold credits his service for.

Thank you for your service, Harold!

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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

Graphic by Nicole Maiterth. Nicole Maiterth is currently studying Development Studies with a specialization in Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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Published on Jun. 3, 2018

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