Veterans oral history projects roundup

Here’s a roundup of a number of Veterans History Project efforts that have been in the news.

  • Fargo, North Dakota Fargo Jaycees sponsor local oral history collection effort, focusing on WW2 Veterans. Signup information “Please call or contact Lance Akers at (701) 238-9298, visit or e-mail to set up an appointment.”
  • Congress resolution establishes “National Veterans History Project Week.”
  • From Library of Congress site: National Veterans History Project Week was November 11-17, 2007. “The resolution calls upon the people of the United States to interview at least one veteran from their family or community, following guidelines provided by the Veterans History Project.” Didn’t know it then, but I did do a recording with my dad on November 10.
  • Denver, Colorado: Beginnings of Veterans Oral History project announced, Community College of Aurora and Comcast collaborate to record videos of Veterans. Slated to begin after Thanksgiving (that would be today!) Here’s another story about the same effort with more details.
  • San Luis Obispo, California: Jerry Deitz, WW2 Vet, records the stories of fellow WW2 Vets in a corner room of the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. Tho the article focuses on WW2, this local project is recording stories of veterans from all wars. To participate: “Veterans can call Jerry Deitz about the oral history project or the veterans museum at 543-1763, e-mail him at,  or stop by 801 Grand Ave. For information about the museum, go to”
  • Seattle, Washington: a description of some local Vets History Project efforts in the area. One VHP partner was expecting an onslaught of participants after Ken Burns The War aired. Not so much. It’s emotional territory. On the other hand, “Tim Mallory, reference librarian at Timberland Regional Library in Tumwater, said Burns’ ‘The War’ prompted an onslaught of calls to his office. The library will videotape any veteran in Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Pacific counties.”
  • How do the interviews get transcribed? From the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association to the National Court Reporters Association, the vounteer transcription effort (for continuing ed credit!) has transcribed 1000 interviews. With thousands to go.
  • Dawson County, Georgia.. well, all of Georgia, really: Lt. Governor Casey Cagle speaks to high school students about WW2 Veterans. Georgia Public Broadcasting conducts World War II Veterans Oral History Project
  • Veterans Day and Latino Vets San Francisco Chronicle focuses on Latino veterans from the San Francisco Bay Area and the US. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project
  • Cleburne, Texas: Veterans of “Forgotten Wars” honored. Layland Museum held Veterans Day Program to honor vets from Korea and Vietnam, and is conducting oral history project. “The museum is seeking veterans to interview for an hour to an hour and a half. To be interviewed, call 817-645-0940.”

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on November 26, 2007 in • Veterans History Project
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Looking at your Veterans History site.
I am trying to find a WW1 navy marine.
Where would i look?
He is a cousin and I have been tracting his family.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Edward James Wilkey
222 Marimac(?)
City: Newburyport
County: Essex
State: Massachusetts
Birthplace: Wakefield, Mass; United States of America
Birth Date: 5 Dec 1895
Occupation: laborer at Cashman Bros, Newburyport
Previous military: seaman, US Navy, 3 1/2 yrs.
medium height/medium build; blue eyes/light hair
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1684578
DraftBoard: 20
June 5, 1917

1920 United States Federal Census
Jan 1, 1920
Name: Edward J Wilkey
Home in 1920: Marine Barracks, US Navy Yard, Portsmouth Lee Ward, Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia
Age: 24 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1896
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Father’s Birth Place: Bermuda
*Mother’s Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Edward J. Wilkey, 24, single, b MA, Private, USMC
{U S Marine Corp)

Any ideas on how to find a death certificate?

Colin Waye  on 04/11  at  11:21 AM

Hi Colin, I know of his family, what would you like to know?  Regards, Joany

Joany  on 08/01  at  01:32 PM

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