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

Stanley Dale Bohling

Backed over a stump

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U.S. Marine Corps
1952 to 1954
Heavy Equipment Operator

Jennifer Mae Bollig

Navy Vet on the dress code for women in the 1990's

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U.S. Army
2005 to 2006

Otto F Bombach

Reaching for the grenade pin

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U.S. Army
1950 to 1952
Engineers Training

Virgil Lee Bonner

Wounded making a lot of noise

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U.S. Army
1950
Staff Sergeant [E-6]

John Bonner

We could not see the country but we could smell it

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U.S. Army
1957
Optical Unit

Paul Russell Bonnett

4 Bronze Star Army Vet on how he survived combat in WWII

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U.S. Army
1942 to 1945
Technician Fourth Grade - Sergeant (T/4) [E-5] Infantry

Robert Bonorden

Sign said no sailors, marines or dogs allowed

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U.S. Navy
1953

Steven James Bookout

Check ride

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U.S. Army
1966 to 1971
Chief Warrant Officer 3 [CW-3] Military Police

Leland Borchart

Being close to buzz bombs

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Gary F Bostrom

Army Vet on his medical unit in Korea

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U.S. Army
1960 to 1966

Calvin Bouck

Marine Vet talks about things going wrong during combat in Korea

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U.S. Marine Corps Infantry, Communication

Russell Bowers

Waiting on the ship

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U.S. Army Chemical Warfare

Dail Bowman

Getting a concussion

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U.S. Army
1944 to 1945

Roger L Boyd

Helicopter being shot down in Vietnam

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U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Mechanic/gunner

Phillip J Boyenga

Being wounded as squad leader in Vietnam

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U.S. Army
1967 to 1970
Sergeant [E-5] Infantry

Corliss D. Boylan

Giving equipment to India

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U.S. Army
1943 to 1946
Captain [O-3] Construction Engineer

James O'malley Boyt

Making quality equipment for men at war

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David D Brace

First time on boarding his ship "Bellnapp"

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U.S. Navy
1968 to 1972
Second Class Petty Officer [E-5] Machinist's Mate

Robert P Bradford

Took time to rotate people home

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U.S. Army
1953 to 1955

James L Brandau

Being wounded in Vietnam

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U.S. Army
1968 to 1970
Sergeant Infantry

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