Veterans’ History Project

The Veterans’ Oral History Project began with the unanimous support of Public Law 106-380 in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate. The legislation was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000.

The Veterans’ Oral History Act gave the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress the authority to create a program to collect and preserve the personal stories of American war veterans. Since the enactment of Public Law 106-380, volunteers, groups, and agencies throughout the United States have been interviewing veterans and recording their stories through audio and videotapes.

In Fall 2005, Southeastern Community College (SCC) formed a committee to plan and develop a program for recording the oral histories of Columbus County and SCC veterans. Mr. James Fowler, Dean of Students at SCC at the time, conducted the first interview in February 2006. A copy of the videotaped interview and Biographical Data Form for each veteran is given to the Williamson Library and Library of Congress. Sharing the information provides local and nationwide access to veterans’ military experiences.

The local Veterans History Project Collection is on reserve at the Circulation Desk in the Williamson Library. Patrons may view the taped interviews in the Library or online through the Library of Congress Veterans History Project site.

The following list gives the name of each veteran with his/her branch of service, dates of service, and a link to his/her collection and interview. Search the list by name, or sort by branch of service or date.

For more information about the ongoing Veterans History Project, call Bill Maultsby.

Cutler, Kendall LeeArmy ReserveMarch 1970-March 1976
Fowler, James FrederickAir Force1968-1972
Lyons, Corey M.ArmyFebruary 4, 1996-March 23, 2005
Strickland, Jack RonaldArmyMay 14, 1969-November 11, 1971
Hansen, Dennis PaulArmy, Air ForceSeptember 1960-May 1993
Hatcher, Jr., Fredrick D.ArmySeptember 17, 1985-September 30, 2005
Guzman, Helen GaleNavyJune 1975-May 1980<
Bianchini, John MauriceNavyJuly 1972-May 1979
Blackburn, Glen M.ArmyOctober 1961-September 1964
Nealon, Jon ArthurAir ForceSeptember 1968-February 1997
Miller, Alvin R.Army1945-1946
Edwards, Jr., OscarArmyMay 25, 1948-May 1952<
Edwards, Robert D.ArmyJune 1957-June 1961
Braman, William MatthiasArmyJuly 1969-June 1975
West, III, WilliamArmyFebruary 17, 1967-March 16, 1969
Barber, Sr., Robert BenjaminArmyAugust 1964-July 1966
St. George, John D.Navy1940-1953
Faison, Michael ArdellNavySeptember 1974-October 1994
Hammond, Larry RonaldCoast GuardMay 9, 1968-August 31, 1993
Peacock, DannyAir CorpsOctober 1943-1946
McQueen, KennethNavyJune 1982-March 2004
Phillips, Jr., Alvin B.Army ReserveJune 23, 1969-November 6, 2006
Kendall, Marjorie Helen StilesArmy1943-1945
Angelova, Reni B.Air ForceMarch 2004-2008
Allen, Danny RayMarine CorpsJune 1972-July 2002
Maultsby, William DevaneArmyApril 21, 1985-Present
Simmons, Torrence P.NavyApril 19, 1990-June 30, 2010
Stone, Louise Reed BolsterArmyMarch 8, 1944-January 7, 1946
Biggs, Jr. Chester MaxwellMarine Corps1939-1959
Dees, Phillip RandolphMarine Corps1965-1969
Blake, Sr., John Milton MillsNavyAugust 1943-May 1946<
Herring, William NormanArmy1951-1976
Morgan, Lloyd HenryAir ForceFebruary 3, 1960-March 3, 1980
Charles, Melvin AlanArmyFebruary 23, 1966-January 8,1969
Boykin, Kenneth StuartAir ForceFebruary 1966-May 1996