19-year-old traveling the country to interview WWII Veterans

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) In many ways 19-year-old Rishi Sharma is a journalist. With the press of a button, he captures video and sound.

The stories he wants to tell are those of World War II: directly from those brave men who were on the front lines.

“I’ve been on a mission to film interview two-three World War II combat veterans every day," Sharma said.

He uses his own vehicle and is self-funded.

On tap for today is Lynchburg vet, Bill Sisk.

“I was only 17 years old at the time," Sisk said. "Twenty of us left E.C. Glass High School and all went into the service at the same time.”

Bill says his daughter talked him into doing the interview.

“She said the grandchildren will enjoy it, so I’ll go with that," Sisk said.

Rishi has already interviewed nearly 400 World War II veterans and he says he has no plans of stopping until the last one is on camera.

“What I’m trying to do is get that personal understanding of what combat in the worst war in human history was really like," Sharma said.

He hopes his mission will inspire others to join.

“Only through talking to them one on one, truly looking them in their eyes that people will be able to understand that bloodshed and sacrifice that their generation had to give 75 years ago," Sharma said.

If you would like to learn more or if you know a WWII Combat Veteran that would like to be interviewed, please contact Rishi Sharma at 818-510-2892, or follow this link.