The War in Kentucky

Kentucky WWII Programs

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These past KET programs and features related to World War II are available for viewing online (Windows Media® format).

Aviation Museum of Kentucky

A KET Electronic Field Trip tells a few World War II stories while touring the museum at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.

B-17 Flying Fortress

This “bonus footage” from our Aviation Museum field trip takes you inside a visiting WWII-era bomber for a flight over Central Kentucky.


In this bookclub@ket program (#311), the panelists discuss Col. Arthur Kelly’s book about Kentuckians’ WWII combat experiences.

Glacier Girl

The late J. Roy Shoffner of Middlesboro talks about his quest to restore a WWII bomber from the “Lost Squadron” that he and his crew dug out of the ice of Greenland.

Holocaust Survivors

In an interview from KET’s 1980s series Bywords, Fr. Stanley Schmidt and Irene Zimmerman recall the horrors of the Holocaust.

Col. Arthur L. Kelly

In this program from One to One with Bill Goodman, a veteran of three wars talks about his own experiences and the interviews he conducted with other Kentucky veterans for his book BattleFire! (#244)

Kentucky at War

A two-hour documentary by Creation Films of Louisville uses archival footage and interviews to trace the war’s impact on the state.

Kentucky Life WWII Special

The Harrodsburg Tankers, a National Guard unit that ended up on Bataan; Camp Breckinridge, which housed German and Italian POWs; and a Somerset woman who was a model for Rosie the Riveter. (#1323)

Kentucky Military History Museum

Curator Bill Bright leads a tour of the Kentucky Historical Society’s Frankfort museum dedicated to Kentucky veterans.

Kentucky Nurses Association

A salute to the centennial of the KNA includes the stories of four Kentucky nurses who were POWs in World War II.

Kentucky WWII Veterans: In Their Own Words

Kentuckians recall their combat experiences in World War II and talk about its effects on them in a one-hour KET documentary.

Juanita Knipp, Activist

In an interview from KET’s 1980s series Bywords, Knipp talks about her fight to secure recognition and benefits for veterans of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.


Dave Shuffett tours a transport ship that was part of the D-Day landing, now a floating memorial, on its visit to Paducah.

Louisville Life WWII Special

Candyce Clifft hosts interviews with veterans, visits to archives of war-related documents, and tours of the Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial and the Patton Museum.

Martha Penn, Army Nurse

A Frankfort woman recalls caring for soldiers wounded at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

Ron Spriggs, Tuskegee Airmen Historian

In this program from Connections with Renee Shaw (#108), a Nicholasville man shows memorabilia and artifacts related to the pioneering African-American aviators.

Tuskegee Airmen

A second Connections with Renee Shaw program focusing on the Airmen features a return visit from Nicholasville collector Ron Spriggs and two Kentuckians who were members of the unit. (#302)

Veterans Day Special

This Kentucky Life program (#1220) includes a profile of northern Tennesseean Cordell Hull and a look at Kentucky connections to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Mike Vories, Filmmaker

In an interview from KET’s 1980s series Bywords, a teenage filmmaker discusses an ambitious class project: The Last of the Great History Projects: The Reenactment of WWII.

Ralph Waldrop, Bomber Pilot

A Mayfield man who flew 65 combat missions recounts his wartime experiences and climbs back into a B-26 for the first time in more than 50 years.