What did you do in the war?
Only you can tell your story and share it with future generations through the George C. Marshall Foundation’s World War II-Korean War Memories Project.
The George C. Marshall Foundation’s Memories Project collects and preserves personal World War II and Korean War experiences from veterans and civilians who lived during those years, including stories, letters, diaries, anecdotes, original writing such as songs and poetry, photographs, and artifacts. These war-time memories are indexed and made available to families, visitors, scholars, and researchers through the Marshall Foundation Library/Archives and Research Center.
Former Marshall Foundation President Albert J. Beveridge, III, states: “We believe that the memories of those who served in World War II and the Korean War, in all of the services – Army, Air Corps, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard – as well as those who were part of the arsenal of democracy on the homefront, are worth sharing and saving. The war-time experiences of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment, should be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that Americans today owe to these men and women.”
If you are among those of a generation that has given so much, experience tells us that you have much to share. All those who lived during the World War II and Korean War years are encouraged to share their memories. All personal recollections of wartime experiences on land, sea, or in the air, at home or overseas, are welcome:
- Combat stories, songs, and poetry
- Nursing and Medical Corps experiences
- Homefront stories
- Contacts with allies and enemies
- Diaries, letters, records, unit histories, military documents
- Jokes, anecdotes, cartoons, photographs
There is no limit to the length of your written personal narratives. We hope you will have some war-time anecdotes or experiences that you can describe in detail, with specific names, dates, and places.
The Memories Project now includes over three hundred and fifty separate submissions, including thousands of photographs, stories, journals, letters, memoirs, and diaries.
If you are among the 22 million American men and women who served at home or abroad during World War II or the Korean War, we invite you to share your memories with us.
The George C. Marshall Foundation Library/Archives and Research Center can help you preserve your war-time memories and make them available to future generations.
Call: 1-540-463-7103, Ext. 135
Write: Joellen K. Bland (Mrs.)
Director, Memories Project
George C. Marshall Foundation
P.O. Drawer 1600
Lexington, Virginia 24450