Oral History

Mission: The mission of the Oral History Project at the Yankee Air Museum is to collect and record video/audio interviews of veterans who served in one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as civilians who were vital to the war production effort during WWII.

Goal: The goal of the Oral History Project is to register these interviews and to support the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Once registered the interviews will eventually be available to the public to watch on the Veterans History Project website: www.loc.gov/vets. These same interviews will be also kept at the Yankee Air Museum as part of our continued effort to tell the story of our veterans and civilians.

Interviewees: The Oral History Project is interested in interviewing all veterans who served in one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), combatant or non-combatant, during WW II, the Korea War, WW II occupation (1946- 1955) and the Vietnam War. We are also interested in interviewing sailors of the Merchant Marine during WW II, Cold War veterans who kept the peace and Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) veterans. All veterans who served in engagements from the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Bosnia to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are welcome to be interviewed. In addition, U.S. civilians important in supporting war time efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, Red Cross and other medical workers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

Volunteers: There are many needs in the Oral History Project ranging from transcription of interviews, clerical support, video production and cataloging of interviews, and most importantly, preparing and conducting interviews.

Contact information: If you are interested in being interviewed or volunteering please contact Julie Osborne at the Yankee Air Museum – 734.483.4030 or oral.history@yankeeairmuseum.org.