American House Residents Write Winning Essays About the War of 1812

Alfred displays a model Boeing B-17. He was a radio man for a B-17 during World War II. Photo Credit: Jason Vaughn/Vaughn Media

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 — also known as the “Forgotten War” or the “Second American Revolution.” But for so many, especially those who have served in the U.S. Navy, the War of 1812 ushered in many changes and remains an integral part of our history.

That’s why the U.S. Navy Recruiting District Assistance Council-MI (RDAC), the Michigan Council for History Education and the Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission — along with American House Senior Living Communities — decided to have an essay contest on why the War of 1812 was important in the development of the U.S. Navy.

We’re proud to announce that Wilbur, a resident at American House Riverview earned first place with his essay and Alfred, a resident at American House Village of Rochester Hills took second place with his essay.

Wilbur, a 97-year-old retired Navy man, enjoyed researching and writing his essay on how the War of 1812 advanced the development of the Navy. He is excited to share his gift of history with others (and just celebrated his birthday last week!).

Alfred, a 90-year-old man retired from the Army Air Corps, is a very spirited and gifted storyteller. (Check out another blog post about him here)

The essay contest, open to U.S. veterans ages 45 and older, aimed to empower folks to learn how the War of 1812 influenced Michigan through naval battles on the Great Lakes and high seas, and how the war shaped the future of Michigan.

You can read Wilbur’s first-place essay here.

You can read Alfred’s second-place essay here.

Congratulations, Wilbur and Alfred, on your wonderful essays — and thank you for sharing them with us!

American House is committed to providing opportunities for our residents to get involved and share their knowledge and interests with others. Check out our blog to read more, and visit us online at or give us a call at (248) 579-4422 to talk about how much we offer in our senior living communities!

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