Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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82nd Airborne Archive

Veteran Oral History Interview: WWII Veteran Kenneth Rock Merritt

Veteran Oral History Interview

US Paratrooper – 82nd Airborne

Veteran oral history interview for WWII Veteran Kenneth Rock Merritt is now available. This is part 1 of 2 interviews.

We conducted part one of this interview in La Fiere, Normandy, France on June 5, 2014. La Fiere was the site of an important battle for a strategic bridge during the Normandy campaign.

Rock is an American Paratrooper from the 508 P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne. Rock was born in Oklahoma and volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War II. During this interview, Rock reflects upon his experience of jumping into Normandy during D-Day, the battle for Hill 30, and the action that lead to his receiving the Silver Star.

 

Afghanistan War Veteran Oral History

SSG Justin GrahamThe full oral history interview of Afghanistan War Veteran, SSG Justin Graham, has been uploaded to the Making History Project website.

The oral history interview took place on November 5, 2016 during the 10th Anniversary Reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne.

SSG Justin Graham is a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, 508 PIR and served in three deployments to Afghanistan.  Check out the full oral history interview on the Veteran Oral History Interviews webpage.

508 PIR Association Veterans Panel Video

508 PIR Association Veterans PanelBusy Times…

It has been a very busy few months.  This is why updates have been less regular than normal.  Besides being lead counsel for an ethics trial, I recently wrapped up an oral history project on behalf of the archives for a medical association.  While working on that, I attended the 10th Annual Reunion for the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association of the 82nd Airborne in Charleston, South Carolina.

508 PIR Association 10th Annual Reunion

While at the 508 PIR Association reunion, I was able to make a presentation to the membership concerning the benefits and goals of the Making History Project.  On the final day of the Reunion, I conducted two additional Veterans oral history interviews.

508 PIR Association Veterans Panel

After my initial presentation to the membership, I filmed a Veterans Panel that was assembled of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne.  This unique Veterans Panel included Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Afghanistan War.

It was fascinating to hear the contrasting experiences of these Veterans in terms of how things have changed but somehow also remain the same for paratroopers.  The Veterans Panel video has now been uploaded in its entirety and can be viewed on the Veteran Oral History Interviews page.