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United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Delivers 20 Veterans’ Stories to Library of Congress Veterans History Project

May 13, 2019

Project Aims to Memorialize Veterans’ Service for Historical Record

 
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today delivered recorded interviews and documents comprising the stories of service from 20 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Last November, Grassley’s office interviewed Iowa veterans at the Iowa Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge in Des Moines to document their service to the nation.
 
Established by Congress in 2000, the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. To date, more than 1,100 stories from Iowans have been recorded by the project. Iowa veterans who would like to have their story recorded can contact Grassley’s Veterans Fellow at VeteransFellow_Grassley@grassley.senate.gov or call the senator’s Des Moines office at 515-288-1145.
 
Photos from the presentation can be found below. Grassley also later delivered the following brief remarks on the Senate floor about the contribution to the project. All media files for broadcast can be found here.
 
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the Veterans History Project
Monday, May 13, 2019
 
This morning, I delivered 20 stories from Iowa veterans to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
 
These stories will be preserved in the permanent collection of the Library, making accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
 
I want to thank all of our veterans who have sacrificed in defense of our freedoms.
 
Their service ensures that all Americans will live in peace and prosperity for generations to come.
 
The stories of the following veterans were presented by Grassley today:
  1. Nancy Carol Quillen – Dallas County
  2. David Grant – Polk County
  3. Darnell Jones – Polk County
  4. Dave Oliveira – Dallas County
  5. David Conrad Hinton, Jr. – Cerro Gordo County
  6. David Noel Jacks – Polk County
  7. David Pontious – Polk County
  8. Douglas Sienknecht – Tama County
  9. Gerald Alan Edgar – Pottawattamie County
  10. Jim Kobus – Polk County
  11. Kirk Nelson – Polk County
  12. Merle Wilson VanSickle – Linn County
  13. Micheal Brees – Marion County
  14. Mike Reindl – Worth County
  15. Richard Johnson – Marshall County
  16. Steve Batten – Page County
  17. Roger Sergent – Dallas County
  18. Steven Steveson – Warren County
  19. William Offenburger – Lucas County
  20. Charlie Murphy – Virginia, USA

 

 

Karen Lloyd, director of the Veteran’s History Project at the Library of Congress, presents Sen. Chuck Grassley with certificate of appreciation for the senator’s contribution to the Veteran’s History Project.

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley presents one of twenty stories from veterans recorded and collected by his office to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

 

An array of the individual stories of armed services veterans recorded and collected by Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office delivered to the Library of Congress on Monday.

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley alongside staff members who collected and prepared the veterans’ stories for presentation to the Library of Congress.

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