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Veterans Memorial Building

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Started by the United States Congress in 2000, The Library of Congress' Veterans Oral History Project collects and preserves first-hand accounts and stories of wartime service, from veterans nationwide. War industry workers, United Service Organizations (USO) workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers and others actively involved with war efforts are also invited to share their stories.

Although all veteran histories are welcomed, priority is given to WWII veterans and those involved with the WWII war effort. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that U.S. veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 per day. This project ensures that valuable pieces of our nation's history and family histories aren't lost.

If you know a family member, neighbor or friend who is a veteran, urge them to call the museum now to participate in the Veterans History Project. Because many veterans are living alone or are somewhat isolated due to disabilities, your encouragement could be just the incentive it takes for them to share their story. A visit to the museum might also enhance their emotional well being and provide them with a social network.

Eighty-three year old Wilbern "Bud" Oliver shifted in his chair and gazed through us as he recounted memories of his World War II service in Okinawa at age 17. He spoke of common annoyances such as trying to break blocks of K-ration cheese and not being able to shave. "I don't think we ever changed our clothes-we just went into the ocean." He then shared details about one of their worst days. While sheltered behind a collapsed silo, they watched a typhoon snap a concrete ship in two and wash ashore an entire destroyer. Finally, he told about his discharge: the enormous lines of servicemen crowding the San Pedro food lines; surprising his parents upon his return and going to a party that evening where he met Shirley, the girl he married and with whom he eventually raised five children.

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Wed10:00 AM3:00 PM
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Fri10:00 AM3:00 PM
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