Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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Oral History Presentations Archive

Day Three: 508 PIR Association Reunion

508PIR Banquet

Rock Merritt and Ernie Lawson

Oral History Presentation

Veterans Day is the perfect day to share an update for last Saturday’s events at the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association Reunion.  On that day, I conducted an audio and video presentation to the membership.  My presentation focused on the progress of my oral history interviews and why preserving the legacy of all Veterans is important.  After my presentation, I filmed a panel discussion of 508 PIR Veterans and current service members.  The panel discussion focused on comparing and contrasting experiences and military service across the different eras.

508 PIR Oral History Interviews

Continuing that busy day, I later had the privilege to complete two oral history interviews.  The first interview was with Brodie Hand, a World War II Veteran who served in 508 Company C, 82nd Airborne Division.  Corporal Hand participated in the Normandy campaign as a paratrooper and subsequently was captured and became a POW for the rest of the war.  The second interview was with Justin Graham, an active duty service member with the 508 PIR, 82nd Airborne.  SSG Graham has been deployed three times to Afghanistan, in 2010, 2012, and 2014.  It was fantastic that these two heroes took the time to speak with me.  I was equally delighted to be able to compare and contrast a World War II Veteran with a current soldier.  What I can say definitively is that they both love their country, want the best for their country, and believe in the duty, honor, and respect.

508 PIR Dinner Banquet

The 508 PIR Association Reunion concluded that evening with a wonderful dinner banquet and was attended by a color guard of the 82nd Airborne as well as by many of active duty service members in their “dress blues”.  Looking forward to more good times next year when we meet again in Fort Bragg for the 2017 Reunion.  Airborne all the way!

 

508 PIR Oral History Inteview for Brodie Hand

CPL Brodie Hand

 

508 PIR oral history interview for Justin Graham

SSG Justin Graham

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, November 6, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!

 

Preserving History: The Veterans History Project via the US Library of Congress

The Veterans History Project honors the lives and service of all American veterans –not only the warriors but all who have served their country, “From the motor pool to the mess hall,” as director Robert Patrick puts it. VHP collects, preserves and makes available the stories and memorabilia of American veterans so that future generations may better understand the realities of military life and of war. To date, VHP has collected items from over 98,000 veterans, about 15% of which is available online.

Read more here

 

History Tools: Exactly, a new tool to transfer digital oral history files

In Celebration of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, I want to offer you a sneak peek at a new tool we have developed and are readying for release.   This tool will enable a user friendly way for non-archivists or non-digital preservation specialists to safely transfer born digital data to the archive utilizing stringent digital preservation standards…for free.  First, a little context. 

Read more here

 

History Maker: Female Russian Fighter Ace

Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak, also known as Lydia Litviak or Lilya Litviak, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With at least 12 solo victories and at least four shared kills over a total of 66 combat missions, over about two years of missions, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy plane, the first female fighter pilot to earn the title fighter ace, and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was shot down near Orel during the Battle of Kursk as she attacked a package of German planes.

Read more here

 

History Maker: 103 Year Old US WW2 Veteran has birthday and still works full-time

102883238-tdy_jones_oldest_150726.530x298A 103 year old World War Two US veteran, who served in the US Air Force, is still working a full time job in Winfieldtown, Kansas.

Read more here

 

Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.

OHA 2015 Presentation

OHA 2015 Presenter

OHA 2015 Presenter

I was honored to be on a panel and present at the Oral History Association 2015 Conference (OHA 2015) in Tampa, Florida on October 15, 2015.  The Oral History Association is the definitive and leading national organization for oral historians and oral history projects.

My presentation provided an overview for the Making History Project and some preliminary results from our current research project, “War and Peace: WWII Trauma 70-Years Later”, which discusses combat related trauma and World War II Veterans.  To learn more and see the presentation slides as well as to hear the audio from my actual presentation, go ahead and click OHA 2015 Conference.