Long-time member and Society Director, Catherine Gaither Allison of Cape Girardeau, Missouri was recently recognized in the Southeast Missourian newspaper for her work in preserving the oral histories of the greatest generation, the veterans of World War II. You can read the complete story HERE. The idea came to Catherine while attending an American Legion barbecue in 2015 and talking with veterans about their experiences. She joined fellow friends interested in history and began recording sessions at a local library.
Catherine is no stranger to the military. Her late husband, Paul, spent 20 years serving in the U.S. Air Force. Catherine is the daughter of Emmit Gaither, granddaughter of Ernest Floyd Gaither, and in the line of Christopher Columbus Gaither, Silas Thomas Gaither, Dr. Abner Gaither, Rezin Gaither, Benjamin Gaither IV, and John Gaither IV.