This exhibition consists of original materials and oral histories
drawn from the Veterans History Project collections at the Library
of Congress. With an emphasis on World War I (1914-1918), World
War II (1939-1945), the Korean War (1950-1953), the Vietnam War
(1965-1975), and the Persian Gulf War (1991), the Veterans History
Project, by act of Congress, collects and preserves the experiences
of America's war veterans and those who supported them. This
congressional initiative recognizes the need to honor the nation's
war veterans by collecting and preserving the documented experiences
of military personnel as well as civilian volunteers, support
staff, and war industry workers.
With nearly 1,700 veterans passing away each day, the collection
of these personal accounts of service men and women, from all
ranks and all branches of service, has become an urgent endeavor.
This exhibition features the collections of these men and women
in the form of their first-hand accounts of war documented in
correspondence, photographs, diaries, bound volumes and albums,
as well as maps, flags, and military papers. The selections presented
in the American Treasures gallery are representative of the compelling
and unique items already part of this treasured collection.
The Veterans History Project and the Library of Congress encourage
you to help preserve the stories and experiences of war veterans
and civilians that you know, and to submit these important records,
so they can join those in our permanent collection. For further
information on researching any of the featured men and women
from this exhibition, note the name of the veteran mentioned
in the label description and contact the Veterans History Project
at (202)707-4916. This and other Library of Congress exhibitions
can be viewed online at www.loc.gov/exhibits.
To explore the Veterans History Project online go to www.loc.gov/vets.
In its collecting work, the Veterans History Project (VHP) seeks
to capture the human side of wartime history with a broad view
of the conflict eras: Thus, military buildup, support, and post-conflict
occupation times are included in addition to periods of combat.
The VHP, therefore, uses the following time periods: World War
I (1914-1920), World War II (1939-1946), and the Korean War (1950-1955),
Vietnam War (1961-1975), and Persian Gulf War (1990-1995). Wartime
eras are based on the Code of Federal Regulations (38CFR3.2).