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Laura Richardson [2007]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 101st Airborne Division
  • Location of Service: Korea; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia; Iraq
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/52873

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"Generally, in the military service and what I've encountered in the Army is soldiers \\nwant competent leaders. It doesn't matter what color your skin is, what gender you are." \\n(Video Interview, Part 2, 39:44)

With a private pilot's license at 17, followed by ROTC courses in college, Laura Strickland was on an early track to a career in military aviation. She met her future husband, Jim Richardson, in flight school, at a time when women were not yet allowed to fly attack aircraft. The Richardsons have managed largely parallel careers for over 20 years, including serving in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was battalion commander of an assault helicopter battalion, and he was battalion commander of an attack battalion, both supporting the same infantry brigade. After initial combat operations wrapped up, Laura Richardson found herself involved with local officials and citizens in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, working on reconstruction projects and maintaining security.

Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Laura Jane Richardson Collection

Names

  • Library of Congress
  • Richardson, Laura Jane
  • Veterans History Project
  • Wiener, Thomas J.

Home State

  • Virginia

Headings

  • -  Richardson, Laura Jane
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Form

  • MiniDV

Extent

  • 2 items

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 101st Airborne Division
    • Location of Service: Korea; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia; Iraq
    • Highest Rank: Colonel
    • Dates of Service: 1986
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Video: MiniDV [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 2007-04-19)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/52873

Cite as

  • Laura Jane Richardson Collection (AFC/2001/001/52873), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Library Of Congress, Laura Jane Richardson, Veterans History Project, and Thomas J Wiener. Laura Jane Richardson Collection. 1986. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.52873/.

APA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Richardson, L. J., Veterans History Project & Wiener, T. J. (1986) Laura Jane Richardson Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.52873/.

MLA citation style:

Library Of Congress, et al. Laura Jane Richardson Collection. 1986. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.52873/>.