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    Missouri Man Devotes Time to Recording Veteran Oral Histories

    Missouri Man Devotes Time to Recording Veteran Oral Histories

    Retired Col. Milt Toratti, 80, has spent his retirement years pursuing a passion that he first developed at the age of 13: documenting the lives and careers of ex- men and women.

    When Toratti was 13, he interviewed a 109-year-old Civil War veteran for a school project. From then on, he discovered he had both a talent and a passion for capturing these stories, writing them down and sharing them.

    “For the next 67 years, on and off, I said I love to do this, and I discovered my passion at the age of 13,” he said.

    After serving over 25 years in the military himself, his retirement years allowed him to rekindle this love of telling these stories. According to Toratti, that has led to 118 veteran oral histories from all the wars, including the Civil War.

    Toratti said that lately he has been able to put together oral histories for three World War II veterans. In one case, the World War II veteran was deceased, but his family requested a history.

    Toratti laid out his approach to these situations.

    “If I don't have the veteran, I will reconstruct the story for the family,” he said.

    The veteran, in this case, was a private first class who was part of the 506th Infantry Division, better known for its portrayal in “Band of Brothers.”

    Toratti's house has an entire basement devoted to his work, where he now keeps his office. All of the biographies he was written, complete records of those he has interviewed and a wide range…

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