November 5, 2015 VHP Celebrates 15th Anniversary With New Web Presentation

Contact: Megan Harris (202) 707-8205; Monica Mohindra (202) 707-1071
Website: VHP at 15

The Veterans History Project (VHP) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, VHP has launched “VHP at 15: Collections Over the Years,” the newest installment of VHP’s online “Experiencing War” series. The presentation includes 15 collections that became part of the project’s permanent archive during its first five, 10 and 15 years. These extraordinary personal accounts are digitized and accessible on VHP’s website, loc.gov.

Featured collections include those of Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr., who won the Medal of Honor for his attempt to rescue fellow pilot Jesse Brown, the first African-American aviator in the Navy, and Martha Putney, a member of the Women’s Army Corps who confronted segregation head-on during World War II.

In addition to combat veterans, the feature spotlights veterans who served in support roles, such as Herman Monoschein, who helped prepare weather reports for the European Theater during World War II, and Robert Cassidy, a “mortuary man” who served with an American graves registration service unit, processing the remains of fallen heroes during the Korean War.

The collections of Army veteran Adam Holt and Navy helicopter pilot Elisa Raney provide two different perspectives on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit loc.gov or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to advance the knowledge and creativity of the American people through its collections, programs and services. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at loc.gov.

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PR 15-199
2015-11-05
ISSN 0731-3527