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Veterans History Project: Stories from the Stacks

For Veterans History Project staff members, the collections in our archive are more than voices on a recording or words on a page. This guide presents collections selected for their personal resonance by members of the VHP staff.

Introduction

For Veterans History Project staff members, the collections in our archive are more than voices on a recording or words on a page. Whether facilitating volunteers’ participation in the Project, receiving and processing donated material, or connecting researchers to our collections, VHP staffers work closely with the stories in our stacks. This latest edition of the Experiencing War series presents collections selected for their personal resonance by members of the VHP staff. Some of these stories have been featured previously on this site, while others may be unfamiliar, yet all of them powerfully illustrate of experience of serving in the Armed Forces. We hope that you will connect with these stories as much as we do. 

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VHP Collections Selected by Staff Members

Image: Mary L. Aurtrey
Mary L. Aurtrey
ARMY
Vietnam, Persian Gulf
selected by Candace Milburn
Audio Interview and Photos
Image: Julius Wesley Becton, Jr.
Julius Wesley Becton, Jr.
ARMY
World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War
selected by Bob Patrick
Video Interview
Image of Martha Roed Bell
Martha Roed Bell
ARMY NURSE CORPS
Vietnam
selected by Megan Harris
Video Interview
Image of Rex V. Bixby
Rex V. Bixby
ARMY
World War I
selected by Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz
Scrapbook
Image of Harry Frieman
Harry Frieman
ARMY
World War I
selected by Megan Harris
Diaries, Photos, Other Materials
Image of Doane Hage, Jr.
Doane Hage, Jr.
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II
selected by Matt McCrady
Audio Interview, Drawings, Memoirs
Image of Samuel T. Harmon
Samuel T. Harmon
NAVY
World War II, Korea
selected by Amie Pleasant
Video Interview
Image of Harold J. Hart
Harold J. Hart
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II
selected by Tamika Brown
Video Interview, Photos, Memoir
Image of Leon Frank Jenkins
Leon Frank Jenkins
MARINE CORPS
World War II
selected by Rachel Telford
Loose Diary Pages
Image of James Verlin Kimsey
James Verlin Kimsey
ARMY
Vietnam
selected by Bob Patrick
Video Interview
Image of Mark S. Kirk
Mark S. Kirk
NAVY
Kosovo, Afghan War
selected by Walton Chaney
Video Interview
Image of Burchall Liles
Burchall Liles
NAVY
World War II
selected by Yvonne Brown
Video Interview
Image of William Timothy O'Brian
William Timothy O’Brien
ARMY
Vietnam
selected by Monica Mohindra
Video Interview
Image of David W. Polhemus
David W. Polhemus
ARMY
Korea, Vietnam
selected by Rachel Mears
Video Interview
Image of Charles Bernard Rangel
Charles Bernard Rangel
ARMY
Korea
selected by Owen Rogers
Video Interview
Image of Kathleen Anne Nice Robbins
Kathleen Anne Nice Robbins
AIR FORCE
Vietnam
selected by Rachel Mears
Video Interview
Image of Heather Lori Belanger Sandler
Heather Lori Belanger Sandler
NAVY
Afghanistan and Iraq
selected by Owen Rogers
Video Interview, Photos, Official Documents
Image of Julia Rae Schembre
Julia Rae Schembre
AIR FORCE
Persian Gulf
selected by Rachel Telford
Audio Interview
Image of Lewis Clayton Shaw, Jr.
Lewis Clayton Shaw, Jr.
NAVY
World War II
selected by Frank Vitale
Video Interview, Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image of Connie Rose Spinks
Connie Rose Spinks
ARMY
Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq
selected by Lisa Taylor
Transcript, Photos
Image of Bernard Alan Weisberger
Bernard Alan Weisberger
ARMY
World War II
selected by Megan Harris
Memoir
 
 

About the Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center 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.