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Wednesday
Jan182012

Library of Congress: Stories from the Veterans History Project

I am in the process of scanning and organizing some of my grandfather's old pictures from his time in the army during WWII. There are pictures from army reunions he attended with my grandmother and quite a few from his time at Fort Dix in the 1960's. Unfortunately, both he and my grandmother are passed away so I can't go to them with my questions. Instead I do what I know best, scour the internet for clues.

This is how I came to find The Veterans History Project. The project "collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." They have a section called Stories from the Veterans History Project where there are hundreds of first person veteran interviews you can actually listen to! The veteran's stories cover WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I could listen to the voices of these heroes for hours. * I had to download real player to listen to the audio.

Do you know a veteran? Why don't you participate and help share their story!? Check out the participation guidelines for conducting interviews. It's rather simple and could be a very special way to preserve your family history for many generations to come.

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