The Veterans History Project
Since the Veterans History Project was approved by Congress and the President in 2000, over 100,000 veterans have described their service in audio and video recordings that are now part of the collection. Submissions have been archived from veterans of World War I through Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Iowa has a long history of supporting our nation’s military. In the Civil War, more than 76,000 Iowans served (more than any other state per capita), 114,242 Iowans served in World War I, 226,638 Iowans served in World War II, approximately 85,000 Iowans served in the Korean War, approximately 115,000 Iowans served in the Vietnam War, 3,050 Iowans served in the Persian Gulf War and thousands more have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa will be hosting a Library of Congress “Veterans History Project” event in honor of Veterans Day. The event will take place on November 8, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Grassley will be present at 3:30 p.m. CT for a short presentation.
The Veterans History Project collects and makes accessible firsthand interviews and narratives of United States military veterans from World War I through the present. Grassley invites Iowa’s veterans to contribute by participating in a 30-minute to an hour-long taped interview about their service in the military. The interviews will then be made available through the Library of Congress. For more information on the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets.
“Iowa has a rich history of service members fighting on behalf of our country,” Grassley said. “This is an opportunity for Iowa’s veterans to tell their stories and document their contributions to American history for future generations.”
To learn more about this project please call Grassley’s Veterans Fellow, Dave Allen, at 515-288-1145 or email him at VeteransFellow_Grassley@grassley.senate.gov.
Below are the completed records of veterans who have participated in the Veterans History Project with Sen. Grassley’s office.
- Stephen R. Batten – Page County
- Michael Dean Brees – Marion County
- Gerald Alan Edgar – Pottawattamie County
- David Grant – Polk County
- David Conrad Hinton, Jr. – Cerro Gordo County
- David Noel Jacks – Polk County
- Richard A. Johnson – Marshall County
- Darnell A. Jones – Polk County
- James S. Kobus – Polk County
- Charles H. Murphy – Virginia
- Kirk Edwin Nelson – Polk County
- William Offenburger – Lucas County
- David Pontes Oliveira – Dallas County
- David Lewis Pontious – Polk County
- Nancy Carol Quillen – Dallas County
- Michael J. Reindl – Worth County
- Roger Allen Sergent – Dallas County
- Douglas Sienknecht – Tama County
- Steve R. Steveson – Warren County
- Merle Wilson Van Sickle – Linn County