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Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. This project was created by the United States Congress in 2000 and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.

In support of this effort, the Peabody Public Library regularly interviews veterans either at the library itself or at other designated locations.

These collections of first-hand accounts are made available to researchers and the general public, online via this website, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in the Indiana Room at the Peabody Public Library and via the Veterans History Project website. Please note that the hard copies in the Indiana Room cannot be checked out and are only accessible during library hours.

All Veterans History videos are now available on YouTube. View and subscribe to our oral history channel here.

If you would like to share your valuable stories please contact us at (260) 244-5541 or e-mail us with your request.

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WWII: 1941 - 1945
Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Brown, Charles U.S. Army: Ft. Richardson, Alaska55:10
Brown, Frances Military Wife: Alabama19:41
Brown, Lewis Merchant Marines: Atlantic – Pacific24:09
Byer, Gerald Eugene U.S. Naval Reserve: Boston, New York, Pacific, Portland52:13
Cassell, Robert U.S. Army: Europe49:06
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy22:08
Coverstone, George U.S. Navy: Atlantic & Pacific27:08
Gipe, Dick U.S. Army: France, Belgium, Holland, Germany18:42
Goudy, Dewey U.S. Army Air Force: Italy38:06
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea)33:02
Haworth, Richard U.S. Air Corp: Florida, Indiana, Texas14:57
Herr, John Benjamin U.S. Army: Omaha Beach [He was also a POW in Germany]6:33
Keuneke, Arnold Signal Corp of Air Force—Army: Mostly N. Africa & Italy43:39
Marsh, Howard U.S. Army: France & Germany29:01
Mercer, Frank U.S. Army: South Pacific – New Guinea53:38
Meyers, Edward Air Corps, U.S. Air Force: Texas, Kansas, Florida, Africa, Italy, Arizona21:02
Mitchell, Clarice U.S. Navy: Pacific Ocean Theater50:36
Nowling, Arthur U.S. Army: Japan, Asiatic Pacific Theatre38:18
Perry, Clifford U.S. Army: West Coast49:22
Pittenger, Talbert U.S. Navy: Pacific Area51:39
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy): San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago23:01
Ramp, Richard Army Air Force: Olk., Cal, Idaho, Ft. Myers FL, Norwich England47:40
Shaw, Clarence Army Air Force? (Artillery): Europe29:40
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island21:58
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific70:20
Walker, Robert U.S. Air Force Reserves: Kessler, Miss – San Antonio Tex – Training etc.34:07
Waterfall, Clark U.S. Army, Veterinary Corp: ASTP Michigan State University, Ft. Bnj Harrison, Indianapolis, Manch & Durmstadt Germany59:12
Korean War: 1950 - 1953
Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy22:08
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam27:19
Daniel, Daniel U.S. Navy: Great Lakes, IL; Norfolk and Little Creek, VA36:02
Easter, Benjamin U.S. Army: Muchen, Germany26:41
Forrester, Richard U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Korea, Florida25:29
Frey, Franklin U.S. Army: Korea33:02
Gates, Paul U.S. Army: US, Germany54:50
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea)33:02
Heinbaugh, William U.S. Navy: Port Huneme, Kwajalein, M3-Naval Amphibious base, Coronado, California47:23
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty58:08
Kissinger, Keith U.S. Army: Germany8:32
Klingaman, Lynn U.S. Army: France, Germany57:45
Leas, Robert U.S. Army: Japan, Korea16:14
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy) : San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago23:01
Rohrer, Gene U.S. Marine Corps: US & Korea17:21
Schrader, Jack U.S. Marine Corps: Korea21:01
Shaw, James U.S. Navy: USS Titania KA13, Anchorage Alaska A099 [Aog9?], USS Cavalier APA-3724:44
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island21:58
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific70:20
Wilson, Ray U.S. Marine Corps Reserves: Miami Fl, Cherry Point NC33:19
Yaney, James U.S. Army Medical Corps: Korea, Japan48:21
Vietnam War: 1961 - 1975
Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Alspaugh, James U.S. Army: Ft. Knox Kentucky, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Hood, Texas28:14
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam27:19
Davis, Larry U.S. Marine Corps: Okinawa, Japan, Caribbean, Pannama & Cuba 46:14
Davis, Tim U.S. Marine Corps: Vietnam, DaNang29:53
Disbrow, Charles U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Pakistan20:26
Hayes, Julia Military Wife: France, Florida, Illinois, NY, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Indiana15:47
Hayes, Michael U.S. Air Force: U.S., France, Korea, Puerto Rico17:17
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty58:08
Hess, Richard U.S. Army/Reserves: Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Carson, CO., Vietnam25:43
Hicks, William U.S. Army: CONUS, S.E.A. USAREUR12:43
Johnson, Ronald U.S. Army: Korea17:10
Koch, Richard U.S. Air Force: Biloxi, Ms, Arkansas, and Crete Lubbock, Tx13:34
Lehman, Harold U.S. Army: Ft. Polk, Ft. Eustis, Qui Nhon RVN, Ft. Wayne; ANG USAF: Middle East, Africa, Panama44:47
Nowling, John U.S. Army: An Khe, Vietnam, Ft. Campbell, KY39:47
Tagtmeyer, Jeanne U.S. Air Force: Chanute AFB, Cam Ranh Bay, SV, Cannon AFB, NM, Shaw AFB, SC, CCK AB, Taiwan39:17
Other Conflicts
Narrator Conflict, Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Cook, Chris Operation Just Cause; U.S. Army: Ft. Ord, CA28:41
McKown, Jason Iraqi Freedom; U.S. Marine Corps: Kings Bay, GA, Camp Lejune, NC45:56
Wentworth, Robert Global War on Terror; U.S. Army Reserves: Ft. Wayne, IN, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan52:19