Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Status Archive

Introducing the Board of Directors

Making History ProjectThe new Board of Directors page for the Making History Project is now available for review on this website. Our voluntary Board now includes Dr. Andrae Marak, Ph.D., SGM Francis Gene Garren (Ret.), and Mark Meland, Esq. We are very proud of our new Board of Directors and urge you to visit the new page to see a personal biography for each Director.

I think you will agree that the Board of Directors is a diverse and talented group dedicated to both history and the preservation of the legacy of our Veterans. If you should have any ideas for the Making History Project, or if you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran who would like to give an oral history interview, please be sure to reach out to us. Likewise, if you would like to lend a hand for this important project, let us know as we are always looking for assistance.

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne

The Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Robert Chisholm is now available.

I conducted this interview in Dallas, Texas on October 17, 2014, during the annual reunion for the Friends and Family of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Robert Chisholm is a highly decorated Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne. Robert was born in Texas and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II when he was seventeen years old.

In this interview, Robert reflects on his experience in jumping into Normandy on D-Day, and his later service in Korea and Vietnam. Having served in three separate conflicts over the course of three different decades, Robert has had a long and distinguished military career. Robert received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and French Legion of Honor, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

 

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Robert Shelato

Veteran Oral History InterviewUS Combat Engineer – 249th Engineer Combat Battalion

Veteran Oral History interview for WWII Veteran Robert Shelato is now available.

We conducted this interview on June 4, 2014, in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France. St. Mere Eglise is a small village in Normandy where paratroopers landed early during the D-Day invasion. St. Mere Eglise presently houses an impressive Airborne Museum dedicated to the D-Day invasion.

Robert is an American Combat Engineer from the 249th Engineer Combat Battalion. Robert was born in Indiana and was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. As a Sergeant during WWII, Robert served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

During the interview, Robert describes some of the incidents involving mines and booby traps that he had to handle as a combat engineer, as well as his encounter with a German dive bomber.