The Top 5 Veteran Research Questions: Where to Go and What to Know
Below are the top five veteran research questions, where to go for further resources, and how to begin your search.
Making Public What Was Once Secret: Los Alamos and The Manhattan Project
Los Alamos and other Manhattan Project Sites developed across the US in 1942 and 1943.
Guardians on the Periphery: The US Army in Hawaii
Hawaii’s initial importance to the US Army was not due to long-term planning, but it would become a crucial piece of a defensive network in the Pacific.
Controlled by Memories: Trauma and POW Dominic Martello
Dominic Martello relived traumatic moments of his WWII combat in North Africa for the rest of his life.
William Peña, 28th Infantry Division
William Pena discusses his experiences while fighting the Germans in the Colmar Pocket in January 1945 and how he was wounded by a mine and evacuated to the United States.
Mark Gordon Hazard, 79th Infantry Division
Mark Hazard discusses a patrol he led behind German lines just before the assault on Hagenau with the objective of capturing a German soldier to interrogate for information about enemy strength in the area.
First Lieutenant Vernon Baker's Medal of Honor
Vernon Baker was one of seven African Americans to receive the Medal of Honor for service in World War II, an award delayed decades by bias and discrimination. In both war and peace, Baker served as an inspirational leader for the soldiers that served under his command and for generations to come.
Forgotten Fights: Assault on Fortress Cherbourg, June 1944
The US 79th Infantry Division led the way in assaulting Cherbourg’s Fort du Roule on June 25, 1944, and two Americans would receive Medals of Honor for their heroic conduct.
Sir, Easy Company is All Present!
During a trip to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1970, Maurice P. "Pete" Bowler returned to Camp Claiborne to visit the base where he had trained with the 103rd Infantry Division in 1942.
Four Forgotten American Memoirs of World War II
Thousands of men and women wrote memoirs detailing their experiences in World War II. Here are four lesser known examples that merit a second look.
Walter Jacobs, 77th Infantry Division
Walter Jacobs talks about encountering a wounded Japanese soldier during the fighting on Ie Shima and how he believes that his sparing of an enemy soldier’s life resulted in him surviving the fighting there and later on Okinawa.
The Points Were All That Mattered: The US Army’s Demobilization After World War II
When World War II ended in Europe, American soldiers feverishly began calculating how soon they might go home based on a newly instituted point system.