Veterans Stories

In time for Veterans Day, some Veteran-themed news stories of Oral History:

Iraq as told by soldiers in “What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It.” Journalist Trish Wood spent 2 years interviewing Iraq War veterans.

Iraq as told by journalists: Columbia Journalism Review interviewed 50 journalists covering the Iraq War for a special 45th anniversary issue entitled “Into the Abyss.” One of the interviewers is Chris Albritton, whose Back to Iraq blog has been one of my regular reads since Spring of 2003.

Eyewitness account of Iwo Jima, collected as part of the Veterans History Project. Chuck Bode, 82, comments on the movie, Flags of Our Fathers “I would say the movie is 90 percent accurate.”

Pensacola Junior College: Student production of the musical “South Pacific” is augmented by a bonus feature of life and conditions of WWII that include oral history.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (who founded the Veterans History Project, and is featured in a post and a podcast, A Tale of Two Congressmen) pen an editorial, Veterans deserve respect, gratitude.

Robert Bonner calls for a Veterans Day that replaces the silence and respect with hearing the words of the troops. “Replacing the silent rituals with the words of soldiers need not politicize the Veterans Day services of the future. Wartime writing reveals an enormous range of political views, despite what candidates for office might sometimes imply.”

News about local historical groups collecting and launching exhibits of Veterans oral histories:
Stamford, CT “Stamford’s Role in World War II” WWII exhibit is ongoing, more Vets stories sought.
Independence, MO dedicates its video project, seeks stories from Vets
Jewish WWII Vets at the Jewish Education Alliance in Savannah GA: A salute to Vets on election day

The National Museum of the Pacific War, located in Texas, has been collecting oral histories of people who participated in the Pacific War, whether Vets or those on the home front.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on November 09, 2006 in • Oral history in the newsOral History Projects
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