ATLANTIC COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WASHINGTON, D.C
YOUR STORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD
The Veterans History Project is dedicated to preserving the stories of our war veterans’ personal experiences while serving in any branch of the US Military. This does not limit interviews to persons who were active participants in combat. Those who provided support services, on base and in the field, such as USO workers and Rosie the Riveters, are also encouraged to pass on their recollections. A complete record of interviews and all supplemental documents become part of the national collection maintained by the Library of Congress.
In sharing your valuable place in our country’s history, you might consider the following topics as a guideline for your interview, feeling free to convey what you choose to, and to do so in your own words:
- A Few Biographical Details: When and where you were born; family details
such as parents and siblings; any family background of military service and what
you were doing before entering the service.
- Early Days of Service: Draft or enlistment; if enlisted, reason for choosing
your specific branch of service; boot camp (basic) experience and adaptation to
military environment; specialized training, if applicable.
- Wartime Service: Where you served; details of relocations and travel,
including abroad, if applicable; combat experience or duties away from combat
areas; emotions relating to combat such as assaults or casualties; friendships
formed; communications to/from home; recreational or off-duty activities.
- War’s End, Coming Home: How you learned war was over and where you
were at that time; how you got home and how long it took; reception by family
and community; continued ties to comrades, service in veterans groups and
- Reflections: How did your wartime/military experiences affect your life and
are there any life lessons learned from your military service.
If you are interested in arranging an interview, please call us at 609-927-5218. You may also email us at ACHSinfo@comcast.net. If you have any photos, letters, journals or other documents (like DD214) from your military service which you would like added to your interview record, please bring those items with you so we may copy them at the time of your interview.
This project was assisted by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, administered through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs