My thanks to the brave men and women who fought for my/our freedoms. Below are a list of links that include ‘compelling content’ in the form of oral and written accounts of their service to our country. Thank you!
I mentioned over at blogs4God.com that my Dad was a SeaBee in the Pacific. Being 17 at the time, he got into the game late. I’m gratefull to God for that, but even more grateful that my Dad didn’t have to deploy for that which he was trained … the invasion of Japan. From what I understand, he was on a ship doing circles in the Pacific when the U.S. dropped the ‘big one.’ Here are three diaries of three other veterans who share some similar experiences with my Father:
Col. Paul Tibbets
The Veterans History Project.
There are 19 million war veterans living in the United States today, but every day we lose 1,500 of them. Motivated by a desire to honor our nation’s war veterans for their service and to collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project.
World War II Submarine Veterans Oral History Project
The California Center for Military History, in partnership with Abbey Academy of Arts, and in association with NeTV Internet Television, working in consort with the California Military History Educational Project, and in cooperation with the California Military Museum, proudly introduces a unique oral history project geared toward actually documenting the never before told true-to-life stories of this nation’s submarine veterans of World War II.
Korean War Project
The Korean War Project originally began in 1979 as part of a family history. The founder is Hal Barker, a photojournalist, writer, designer/inventor/journeyman carpenter, a graduate of North Carolina State University in History, and founder of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Trust Fund in Washington, D.C., administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Information on the “Forgotten War” provided as a service to veterans, families, researchers, and students of military history.
Rutgers Oral History Archives of WW-II
The “Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II,” directed by Sandra Stewart Holyoak, is an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the homefront and overseas. It is based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through World War II, beginning with an initial target group of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass College alumnae (formerly, New Jersey College for Women).
World War I – Trenches on the Web
A History of the Great War of 1914 to 1918 presented in internet format. Contains various articles and features from authors around the world.
The MINDS Institute Oral History Project: World War II
The MINDS Institute is interested in helping capture the stories and experiences of the Veterans of past American and World conflicts starting with World War II. The objective of this project is to build understanding between generations, require students to master and produce interactive multimedia content and ensure that the results of that work are available to the general public and other teachers and students for replication.
Vietnam War Internet Project
The Vietnam War Internet Project is an educational organization dedicated to providing information and documents about the various Indochina Wars and to the collection and electronic publication on the web of oral histories and memoirs of both those who served in and those who opposed those conflicts.
This last one is for Chuck Holton … a good friend of mine who will describe his Ranger experiences in an upcoming book he’s currently writing – including an early morning Jump into Panama from about 500 feet with full gear going down and red tracers going up. As he describes it, “the longest 13 seconds of his life.“JUST CAUSE Pictures. The following photographs were taken during Operation JUST CAUSE by the XVIII Airborne Corps History Office which deployed as the Joint Task Force SOUTH History Office, and are representative of the types of photographic products generated during combat and contingency operations as historical evidence by the Army’s historical program.