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Guidelines 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 of service
  • Dates and places trained, U.S. and overseas
  • Date and place of overseas arrival
  • Unit ID, group and individual assignment
  • Apparel, equipment, weapons used
  • Subjects discussed and with whom
  • Awards/citations
  • 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.

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