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:
Nancy Carol Quillen – Dallas County
David Grant – Polk County
Darnell Jones – Polk County
Dave Oliveira – Dallas County
David Conrad Hinton, Jr. – Cerro Gordo County
David Noel Jacks – Polk County
David Pontious – Polk County
Douglas Sienknecht – Tama County
Gerald Alan Edgar – Pottawattamie County
Jim Kobus – Polk County
Kirk Nelson – Polk County
Merle Wilson VanSickle – Linn County
Micheal Brees – Marion County
Mike Reindl – Worth County
Richard Johnson – Marshall County
Steve Batten – Page County
Roger Sergent – Dallas County
Steven Steveson – Warren County
William Offenburger – Lucas County
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.