on preparing a living history
The basic idea is to relive your
military experience in detail. Whether you served aboard ship,
fought over ground, or cut through the skies; we want your story.
We want to know everything that happened to you -- what you wore,
what you heard, what you felt, what you ate, what you did.
The best way to prepare your oral
history is to jot down a few notes in chronological order. We
suggest a review of your memories and keepsakes, such as buddies,
acquaintances, name lists of unit members, assignments, incidents,
diaries, letters, documents, memorabilia, artifacts, awards, etc.
Then sit down with a cassette recorder, pad of paper, or computer
and start reminiscing.
What to include
To help us ensure your history is
preserved correctly, please include the your name, address, time,
and date that you are preparing your cassette or document; then
add background and specifics of your experiences:
- Date and place of birth
- Unit and branch of service
- Rank held during events
discussed and highest rank held
- Dates entered and mustered out
- Dates and places trained, U.S.
- Date and place of overseas
- Unit ID, group and individual
- Apparel, equipment, weapons used
- Subjects discussed and with whom
- Anything else that you think
pertains to the experience
Don't worry if you can't remember
everything. General impressions are just as important in providing
context to our historical experience. Everyone's story is
different; everyone is important. Anecdotes are significant,
whether of a light vein or frightening. In your comments, describe
and then send copies of materials you would like to make part of
your living history.