About the Author

Joanne Pfannenstiel Emerick was born in 1951 and was raised on a farm near Ness City, Kansas. She graduated from Ness City High School in 1969 and from Fort Hays State University in 1973 with a BA in History. She taught secondary social studies in Kansas public schools for 31 years before retiring in May, 2005. Joanne's avid interest in the 31st developed because her late father was a medical corpsman with the Squadron during WWII.

Professional Speaking...

  • Kansas Council for Social Studies Exemplary Teacher Award 1988
  • National History Day Kansas Teacher of the Year 1992
  • Kansas DAR Outstanding History Teacher of the Year 1994
  • Milken National Educator Award, 1995
  • Kansas VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award 2002
  • Kansas American Legion Commander's Americanism Award 2002
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