Perryville class learns from World Wair II yeterani 6y Herb Brock Staff Writer HARRODSBURG A group of Perryville Elementary School children boarded a bus and travelled a few miles up U.S. 68 to Harrodsburg Friday morning. But the bus trip became a flight that transported transported the youngsters half way around the world and more than half a century back in time. It wasn't based Kentucky National Guard unit that was activated at the beginning of the war. The unit gained fame for its gallantry gallantry while taking part in the infamous "Bataan Death March." In a lecture that was more like a conversation at the National Guard Armory, Rue talked about the march and his years as a prisoner of war. He didn't have tapes, slides or pictures. pictures. His only visual aid was a an ordinary field trip to a local landmark. landmark. It was an extraordinary extraordinary journey to a foreign country in the 1940s. - The Philippines during World War II. And their tour guide and teacher was a man who was there a man who expert- expert- , enced "one of the most horrendous horrendous and horrifying events of the war. Edwin W. "Skip" Rue, a Harrodsburg native who now lives in Lexington, was an officer officer of Co. D of the 192nd Tank Battalion, a Harrodsburg- Harrodsburg- map of the world. He spoke softly without a hint of bravado or a mention of bravery. But in less than an hour, the 86-year-old 86-year-old 86-year-old 86-year-old 86-year-old veteran was able to snip bits here and pieces there from his "volumes of memories" and weave them together into a low-key low-key low-key but still gripping account of his war-time war-time war-time experiences. experiences. "This is a lot better than learning about the war from a book. You learn more from the people who were there," said 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old 11-year-old Justin Weldon. "It's really interesting." Rue is one of several veterans veterans who have spoken to or soon will speak to the 43 pupils in Lana Yeary's and Sherry Jones' fourth-grade fourth-grade fourth-grade classes at Perryville Elementary. Along with Rue from the World War II era, the classes' special guest lecturers include men who fought in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Funded by a . grant from the Kentucky Historical Society called the Hambleton Tapp Award, the special unit has focused on "bridging generations" through the study of wars. In addition to lectures from veterans, the pupils' itinerary includes visits to Camp Nelson National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Memorial in Frankfort as well as to the Harrodsburg armory. The unit will conclude on May 16 with a ceremony at (Continued On Page A10.) . ::yyyy'j .".'A'. t$MM:miy ; 3 4 - ' "-SJ "-SJ "-SJ : y k Staff Photo by Troy Anderson Veteran Edwin W. "Skip" Rue talks about his experiences during World War II to fourth-graders fourth-graders fourth-graders from Perryville Elementary Friday at Harrodsburg's National Guard Armory .