Freedom Fighter: Bertha Cramer

Only a handful of Americans are still living who remember World War One. Bertha Cramer of Mineola has three very good reasons to remember: She was married to three veterans of that war. Bertha was only fifteen in 1918 when she married World War one soldier Joseph Shelds. They were married 42 years before his death. Their son Darvin was to serve in World War Two. Bertha married much decorated WWI veteran Andy Anderson in 1971 and after his death was married to Veteran Engineer Harry Cramer in 1982. Over the years, Bertha has played at numerous veterans hospitals, was pianist for world war one national conventions, and served as Natioal President of the World War One Veterans' Widows Association. She was even married at a national covention.  
  In 1987, Bertha and her husband Harry were invited by France to represent the United States at a special ceremony honoring the dougboys of WWI. Although they were wined and dined throughout France, Bertha's most lasting impression was of the many rows of white crosses in Flanders Field.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting