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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Cold War; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Navy; Air Force
  • Unit of Service/Ship: 445th Air Mobility Wing; 452nd Security Forces Squadron (SFS); 419th Fighter Wing; Air Force Reserve; USS Stoddard (DD 566); USS Hollister (DD 788), Navy Reserve
  • Location of Service: Vietnam; Nevada
  • Highest Rank: Sonarman; Master Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/101953

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Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • William Harold Giesecke Collection

Names

  • Giesecke, William Harold
  • Menger, Judith
  • Hill, Barry S.
  • Warhawk Air Museum

Home State

  • Idaho

Headings

  • -  Giesecke, William Harold
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: USS Stoddard (DD 566); USS Hollister (DD 788), Navy Reserve
    • Location of Service: Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Sonarman
    • Dates of Service: 1965-1981
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran also served as the optical rangefinder operator in the main battery fire control director and as the ship's photographer.
  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Unit of Service: 445th Air Mobility Wing; 452nd Security Forces Squadron (SFS); 419th Fighter Wing; Air Force Reserve
    • Location of Service: Nevada
    • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1982-2003
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran also served in the 950th Maintenance Company, Army Reserve from 1982 to 1987, then enlisted in the Air Force Reserve from 1989 to 2003.

Materials

  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2015-08-04; 2015-08-04)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2015-08-04)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/101953

Cite as

  • William Harold Giesecke Collection (AFC/2001/001/101953), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • video

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:

Giesecke, William Harold, Judith Menger, Barry S Hill, and Warhawk Air Museum. William Harold Giesecke Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101953/.

APA citation style:

Giesecke, W. H., Menger, J., Hill, B. S. & Warhawk Air Museum. (1965) William Harold Giesecke Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101953/.

MLA citation style:

Giesecke, William Harold, et al. William Harold Giesecke Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101953/>.