Some of the audio- and video-taped interviews donated to the project were recorded by professional folklorists, but most were conducted by family members, friends, neighbors, students, and other volunteers whose enthusiasm and respect for their subjects outweigh the technical shortcomings that occasionally surface in the recordings. The interviews have taken place in private homes, retirement communities, VFW halls, schools, and libraries. They touch on all aspects of America’s war experiences at home and abroad–from the routine to the extraordinary, from enlistment to discharge. Several clips from the collection are included below as an introduction to the riches that will follow as the Veterans History Project grows and as our resources allow for the collection’s selective digitization.
Four of the 33 veterans the authors interviewed for the Ojai Valley book have died in the past year, said Bennett. He wrote the book as a lesson to future generations. “If we do not remember the horror of war, we are bound to repeat it,” Bennett said. “These are disappearing stories.”