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USU Veterans History Project Collection Introduction


Veteran's History Project News Release

Collection Processed by: Originally processed by Randy Williams, Steve Sturgeon, and Ann Buttars.
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams
Date Last Updated: March 2005
Restrictions: Any restrictions are noted on the release form that accompany tape recorded interview and memoir collections.

Historical Note

Utah State University's Veterans History Project Collection began in 2003 as a means of documenting the personal histories of Northern Utah war veterans and those who served in support of them in order to more fully understand and acknowledge the local, state, and national U.S. military heritage. This project is part of the larger Library of Congress Veterans History Project, an impressive nationwide effort created with unanimous support by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Clinton on 27 October 2000. Public Law 106-380 calls upon the American Folklife Center at the LOC (and partner institutions, like Utah State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives) to collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America's war veterans and those who served in support of them. The Veterans History Project covers World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars. It includes all participants in those wars--men and women, civilian and military. It documents the contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff, and war industry workers as well as the experiences of military personnel from all ranks and all branches of service--the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

All participants in USU's Veterans History Project are included in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project's National Registry of Service. The collection continues to grow.


Provenance

The USU Veterans History Project began on 14 June 2003 when Utah State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, with support from the Utah Humanities Council, hosted a one day Veterans Oral History Workshop to train interested northern Utah residents to collect oral histories of local U.S. veterans and those who served in support of them. Fifty individuals participated in the workshop. After the workshop, fieldworkers conducted tape-recorded oral interviews with local veterans concerning their wartime experiences. The tapes and transcripts from these interviews were donated to USU Libraries Special Collections and Archives. In addition, interested veterans contacted USU Libraries Special Collections and Archives in order to donate memoirs, letters, photographs, and other wartime documents. Thus, the items in the USU Veterans History Project Collection grew out of a community effort to record and preserve local U.S. wartime histories for present and future generations.

On 7 November 2003, a free public presentation of USU's Veterans Oral History Project was hosted by The Friends of USU Libraries, Concert and The Lecture Series at the [Logan] Tabernacle, Special Collections & Archives, USU Air Force ROTC, the Utah Humanities Council, and the Logan Herald Journal. The presentation "Voices of Cache Valley Veterans" honored five veterans who participated in the project: Rex Thompson, Blair Hale, R. Dell Tripp, Paul E. Huber, and fieldworker, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Bateman.


Scope and Nature of Project

Utah State University's Special Collections and Archives will collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories and transcriptions, along with documentary materials such as original letters, original diaries, maps, identified photographs, and home movies, of U.S. war veterans and those who served in support of them. The target groups are northern Utah and southeastern Idaho veterans and support persons and, on a limited basis, USU alumni and USU affiliate veterans and support persons. For more information on this collection, subject search "Veterans History Project" on USU's

online catalog.

The materials do NOT circulate and are not available through interlibrary loan.


Register

Adams, Shirley M.
War: Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1950-1971
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 181
Adamson, Loyd Thomas
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1941-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Manuscript
CALL #: Item Mss 158
Allred, Parley Elwin
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army 104 Infantry Division
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: File Mss 660
Baird, Bruce L.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army, U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1941-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 159
Barnes, Richard P.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1943-1945
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: Book Coll 58, No. 45
Bergstrom, Airus E.
War: WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1943-1972
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 180
Blanthorn, Bryan.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy (USS Indianapolis)
Service Dates: 23 May 1944-September 1945
Type of Material: Memoir (with Tamera Newman)
CALL #: BOOK COLL 58 no. 119
Bosick, James F.
War: Korean War, Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1952-1972
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 160
Buttars, Chester J.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1943-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 182
Christensen, Allen C.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1940-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 161
Christensen, Allen C. "Ace" A. C.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: Army Air Corps (POW)
Service Dates: 1940-1945
Type of Material: Memoir (with Tamera Newman)
CALL #: BOOK COLL 58 no. 123
Emert, George
War: Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1963-1966
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 162
Engebretson, Charles L.
War: WW II, Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Service Dates: 1945-1956
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript & VCR Tape
CALL #: Item Mss 216
Ferguson, Edward A.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1943-1946
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: Book Coll 58 No. 91
Fife, Austin Edwin.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Letters to daughter Carolyn Fife
CALL #: Coll Mss 281, Box 5, Folders 26-27
Flanders, Hyrum Edward
War: WW I
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1918-1919
Type of Material: Ed and Della: A Transcript of the Letters of Hyrum Edward Flanders to Della Mae Woolston by Marcia Flanders Stornetta, granddaughter
CALL #: 920 F613-St
Gabourie, James Walter
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Service Dates: 1942-1946
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: File Mss 703
Gardner, Walter Hale
War: WW II
Branch of Service: Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1941-1946
Type of Material: Unpublished memior: Some World War II Memories Associated with the U.S. Air Proving Ground Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1941-1945
CALL #: File Mss 658/Book Coll 58 No. 103
Gardner, Wilford Robert
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1943-1946
Type of Material: Unpublished Memoir: My War, Original letters written home to mother and sister, October 1943-27 March 1946
CALL #: Coll Mss 269, Box 1, Folder 16
Goodliffe, Charles "Charlie" LaFount
War: WW II
Branch of Service: Army (POW)
Service Dates: 1941-1945
Type of Material: Memoir (with Tamera Newman)
CALL #: BOOK COLL 58 no. 123
Griffin, Richard Earl
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1943 -1945
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: 920 G875ms/920 G875s
Guymon, Wayne
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Marines Corps
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: 920 G992
Hale, Blair
War: WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1941-1965
Type of Material: Memoir and DVD of Blair Hale presentation, with obituary
CALL #: Book Coll 58 No. 92 & Book Coll 58 No. 92a
Hansen, Glen R.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Force
Service Dates: 1941-1944
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: File Mss 661
Hess, Wendell
War: WW II, Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1946-48, 1950-1952
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 163
Hiner, Carmen
War: WW II
Activity: Home front
Dates: 1941-1946
Type of Material: Letters to Sparky: A Memoir of WW II by Carmen Hiner, includes transcripts of letters from Harold Hiner to Carmen (sweetheart) during WW II
CALL #: Book Coll 58 no. 39
Hiner, Harold Lyle
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Service Dates: 1941-1946
Type of Material: Letters to Sparky: A Memoir of WW II by Carmen Hiner, includes transcripts of letters from Harold Hiner to Carmen (sweetheart) during WW II
CALL #: Book Coll 58 no. 39
Huber, Paul
War: Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1965-1988
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 164
Humphrey, William P.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Service Dates: 1944-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Copy "History of U.S.S. LSM 228"
CALL #: Item Mss 165
Hunsaker, Collin Iverson
War: Vietnam
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1955-1981
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 166
Larsen, Grant H.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 167
Lewis, Loyd
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Marines
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 168
Martindale, Loye
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Service Dates: 1944-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 169
Munns, Eldon
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1940-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 183
Murphy, Melvin F.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 170
Nicholas, Grant Brunker
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1941-1947
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 171
Nield, Galand
War: Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1970-1971
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Original and Transcript of Daily Letters written from Vietnam to wife; Slides; Photographs
CALL #: Coll Mss 280, Box 1, Folders 1-2
Parkinson, Grant P.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Service Dates: 1942-1945
Type of Material: Unpublished Memoir
CALL #: Item Mss 217
Pavich, Michael D.
War: Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1964-1993
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 172
Rawlings, G. Barney
War: WW II, Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Service Dates: 1942-1974
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Copy of Military Biography
CALL #: Item Mss 173
Rogers, Dean
War: WW II, Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1942-1952
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Memoir; Copy of The Battle of the Aleutians: A Graphic History, 1942-1943; Yank: The Army Weekly, 10 September 1943; two War Ration Book Four; one War Ration Book Three; and a Ration Book Holder (Household): V.
CALL #: Item Mss 174
Sartor, Frank Willard
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1942-1946
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: File Mss 704
Smith, Doyle George
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Service Dates: 1944-1946
Type of Material: Memoir
CALL #: File Mss 705
Stockton, Norman E..
War: Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1952-1972
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript & VCR Tape
CALL #: Item Mss 215
Tazoi, Jim Yoshio
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1941-1944
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 175
Thatcher, Theodore O.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U. S. Army
Service Dates: 1941-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 176
Thompson, Rex K.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Service Dates: 1944-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Memoir: including, "Iwo Jima: Guilt Trip Delux,” “Military Cemetery,” “Combat Via the Movies,” “Special Program,” “Code Talkers,” “One Little Boat,” “Saints at War;” and the chapter from life history: “Military”
CALL #: Item Mss 177
Tripp, R. Dell
War: WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1946-1968
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 178
Watterson, Alma E.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1942-1946
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript; Memoir; Photocopies of Two Bronze Star Citations and Brief History of Mr. Watterson by his granddaughter Sara Smith
CALL #: Item Mss 179
Wheatley, Lester C.
War: WW II
Branch of Service: U.S. Army, U.S. Army Air Corps
Service Dates: 1943-1945
Type of Material: Taped interview & Transcript
CALL #: Item Mss 195
Whitesides, Joe Edward
War: WW II, Korean War
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Service Dates: 1941-1946, 1950-1952
Type of Material: 204th Field Artillery Battalion In Korea; Typescript of Article “Brief History of the 204th F.A. BN.; resume, Copy of Obituary and Article about Mr. Whitesides from the Davis County Clipper; 2 photographs, 2 letters (Christmas letter by Lt. Col. Whitesides to his men on 25 December 1951 and the condolence letter to you at the passing of Mr. Whitesides from the LDS First Presidency), and the fun cartoon about Mr. Whitesides by Thorpe.
CALL #: File Mss 648/Book Coll 58 No. 102