Veterans' Autographs Wanted

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Nappi of Ostrander, Ohio, has made a name for himself as a collector of military medals, patches, badges, insignia, field gear, and veterans’ autographs. His collection of the latter includes John Hancocks from some 1, 600 veterans from 20 countries who served during World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars, and the present war in Iraq.

“The oldest veteran is currently 112 years old and the youngest enlisted at age 14, ” Nappi says. “I have autographs from Pearl Harbor survivors, D-Day veterans, airman, POWs, USS Indianapolis survivors, Holocaust survivors, and even German soldiers.”

If you’d like to be part of this collection, send an email to and tell the young man you read about it on this page.

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