Oral Histories

Veteran portraitThe Voices of Iowa Oral History Project is an innovative approach to the collection, display, and preservation of our history. The compilation of personal stories in a digital format provides material that is relevant to a modern generation of users. In addition to the historical chronology, the process captures the personal emotion and interpretation of an event, giving it meaning beyond the printed word or image. We have been collecting oral histories from Iowa veterans since 2003 for use in exhibits, educational programming, and promotional activities. Currently, we have over 1600 interviews from 70 counties that are available to the public in our library. It is one of the largest veteran collections of interviews conducted by a single institution in the nation.

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Video Video Description Service Branch Rank Specialty or Rate

Wayne O Aurand

On trip to Europe

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U.S. Army
1943 to 1946
Clerk Typist - 0141

Raymond Lee Averill

The bomb took everyone by surprise

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U.S. Navy
1945

Terry L Avery

Fuel handler in Air Force

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U.S. Air Force
1982 to 2006
[E-7] Weather Technician

Paul John Bader

Deciding between the Navy and Marine Corps

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U.S. Navy
1945 to 1946
Motor Machinist's Mate (MOMM)

John Peter Bailiff

Remembering WWII as a kid

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U.S. Army
1952 to 1956
Private First Class (PFC) [E-3] Mechanic

William K Baker

First trip to Korea on the Princeton

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U.S. Air Force
1955 to 1959
Sergeant Guided Missile Control Repair

John Jb Baker

Merchant ship Virginia's trip to England

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U.S. Navy
1943 to 1947
Seaman First Class

Clifford L Baker

Remembering days in the Navy

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U.S. Navy
1942 to 1946

Donald Leslie Baker

Battle experience in Korea

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U.S. Army
1953 to 1972
Artillery, Infantry

Michael D Baker

20 year career Vietnam Marine served in Japan prior to the start of the Vietnam War. (1959-1961)

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U.S. Marine Corps
1958 to 1978
Gunnery Sergeant [E-7] Administrative Manager

Alden A Baldwin

Airplane checks under nose hangers

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U.S. Navy
1960 to 1964
Third Class Petty Officer [E-4] Aviation Electronics Technician (AET)

Harold Burnett Bandfield

Lucky to have a bullet in the arm

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Larry U Barge

First few days on base

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U.S. Army
1957 to 1983
Personnel

Helmuth E Bartels

First trip to Korea after the war started

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U.S. Navy
1949 to 1952
Third Class Petty Officer [E-4] Culinary Specialist (CS)

Mary Burdine Bartling

On husband's war experience in Italy

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Civilian

Henry F Bast

Combat experience in Tunis

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U.S. Army
1918 to 1919
Private Infantry

Gerald Benjamin Bates

Work in Army Air Corps in India

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U.S. Army
1943 to 1946
Supply Clerk

Anunziatina Battini

Exploding bullets in the powder room

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John S Bauch

Viewing the aftermath of a battle

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1952 Second Lieutenant [O-1]

Jared Otto Bauch

Forming very strong friendships

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U.S. Navy
1965
Lawyer

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