The "Voices of Veterans" oral history program seeks to record the stories of Texas veterans and archive the transcripts in the Office of Veterans Records for future researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public.
Every veteran has a story to tell, and this program will ensure these stories of courage and service can inspire Texans for generations to come.
Voices of Veterans represents the first time a state agency has ventured into the field of veterans' oral histories.
The Veterans Land Board is a natural host for the program, managing eight existing Texas State Veterans Homes. The homes currently provide long-term care for about 900 senior veterans, many of whom are eager to tell their story.
Veteran interviews are permanently archived in the Office of Veterans Records at the Texas General Land Office, where they join the historic documents of other Texas heroes such as Sam Houston, David Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Barret Travis.
The archives are made available to researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public to inspire future generations and remind us of our veterans' sacrifices.
Any veteran interested in including his or her story in the Voices of Veterans program should contact the Veterans Land Board at 1-800-252-VETS (8387), or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral history interviews can be conducted in person at the Veterans Land Board in Austin, or by telephone from anywhere in Texas. Interviews usually last from one to two hours.
Robert Whelan, a native of New Jersey, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and saw action in the Pacific. He left the service in 1946 and later became an F.B.I. agent
Daniel Frizzell served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. His ship was part of the battle of the Marshall Islands and later took part in nuclear weapons test in the Bikini Atoll.
Rafael Gonzales served as a Marine radio operator from 1969 through 1973. He saw action in Vietnam and took part in the battles of Hill 52, Pig Hill, and Charlie Ridge, amongst others.
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