Film student makes local veteran subject for upcoming documentary

2:48 pm | November 4, 2013

Photo contributed by Austin Taylor
Austin Taylor listens as John Rominger shares the story of his military service during World War II.

A film studies student at Carson-Newman University has selected an Elizabethton veteran as the subject of his upcoming documentary.

And it’s not even for school credit.

Austin Taylor said his sole motivation for creating the documentary is to ensure the story of John Rominger’s military service will never be forgotten.

“I have a great love for veterans,” Taylor said. “I chose to do this project because it is sad that our World War II veterans are dying every day, one by one, and I want John’s story to be around for generations to come.”

Arlene Angelmaier, a friend of both Taylor and Rominger, said she is thrilled Taylor is taking time to document Rominger’s accomplishments.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing that he is doing,” she said. “It’s amazing that someone so young would want to do something like this.”

Taylor, who is 19, is about the age Rominger was when he joined the Navy.

“I was 20 years old in 1942,” Rominger said. “I served for three years and three months.”

After convincing his father to sign a release for him to join the Navy before turning 21, Rominger’s military experience began.

In the beginning of his service, he worked in the photo lab making identification for soliders. After that Rominger said he became an armed guard.

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