May 30, 2016 – In honor of Memorial Day, we would like to share a special story of how the iN2L system recently connected two veterans.
iN2L trainer Laura Archer was recently at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston, NC, and heard about one of the last wishes of a 98-year-old resident, named Isaac “Ike” Pope. He wanted to see his long-time friend, Charlie Johnson, 91, who lives in Oakland, CA.
In World War II, Charlie was a radio communications technician in one of the first all-black batteries in the US military. Ike was Charlie’s commanding officer. Their battalion received the Presidential Unit Citation, the highest honor available, for their performance during the Battle of the Bulge. After their service ended the two didn’t see each other again until the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in 2011.
As luck would have it, Laura planned to be in Oakland the following week. She made arrangements to visit Charlie at his home and connected the two men via Skype with her iN2L Shuttle and the 23” iN2L system at the NC State Veterans Home.
Although they speak on the phone monthly, being able to see each other was special to them both. Charlie asked Ike for a copy of a photo taken of them at the Battle of the Bulge anniversary. (We’re fortunate enough to be able to share it here as well.) The photo was taken by Paula Caplan, who created the documentary, Is Anybody Listening, who was responsible for bringing the two together in 2011. They Skyped for about 20 minutes. They laughed and expressed their gratitude before they said goodbye.
We are thrilled with the role iN2L played in allowing these two veterans to see each other. And we thank Ike, Charlie and all veterans for their service to our country.