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Breaking Ground and Boundaries: Veteran Changemakers
In early 2019, the Library of Congress launched a year-long initiative inviting visitors to explore America’s changemakers through a series of exhibitions, events, and programs. Here, the Veterans History Project explores the stories of military changemakers: veterans who broke new ground and boundaries, on and off the battlefield. In addition to honorably serving their country, these men and women challenged the status quo and struggled against oppression, injustice, and society’s expectations. Many of them won citations, high ranks, or the title of “first,” but more importantly, their accomplishments forged new ground for future generations.
Image: Timuel D. Black, Jr.Timuel D. Black, Jr.
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview, Official Documents
Image: Lauren A. CampbellLauren A. Campbell
AIR FORCE
Afghan War

Video and Audio Interviews
Image: Holly R. HarrisonHolly R. Harrison
ARMY
World War II


Video Interview, Photos
Image: Pompey HawkinsPompey L. Hawkins
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Audio Interview
Image: Darlene M. IskraDarlene M. Iskra
NAVY
Persian Gulf War

Video and Audio Interviews, Photos
Image: Evelyn JohnsonEvelyn M. Johnson
WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Franklin KamenyFranklin E. Kameny
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Katharine L. LaughtonKatharine L. Laughton
NAVY
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War


Audio Interview
Image: Kurt Chew-Een LeeKurt Chew-Een Lee
MARINE CORPS
World War II
Vietnam War
Korean War


Video Interview
Image: Melvin PenderMelvin Pender, Jr.
ARMY
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Jerry Lynn RossJerry Lynn Ross
AIR FORCE
Cold War

Video Interview
Image: Maria VillescasMaria C. Villescas
MARINE CORPS
Persian Gulf War

Video Interview
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