Veterans\' Oral Histories
Aug 6, 2005
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Politicians were interviewed about their experiences in the military for the Veterans' Oral History Project collection at the Library of Congress. Portions of their interviews were shown. First, an interview with Tom .. Read More
Politicians were interviewed about their experiences in the military for the Veterans' Oral History Project collection at the Library of Congress. Portions of their interviews were shown. First, an interview with Tom Wiener about the project was shown. He discussed the scope of the project and how people could participate in the project. Some views of the archive were shown and some drawings from the collection of Samuel Boylston, a college student from South Carolina who served in the Pacific. Between the interviews Mr. Wiener displayed other parts of the collection: letters from Irving Oblas about daily life in the stateside Army; photographs taken by Robert Lee Olen who served with the Army Mountain Rangers in Italy during World War II; and the illustrated memoir of Frederick Stilson, who was an officer in France during World War I.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) discussed his service as a Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, including his experience as a prisoner of war for five years. He discussed topics including the selection of bombing targets, a fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal, how he was shot down and captured, and the conditions of his imprisonment. He was interviewed on January 29, 2003 by Michele I. Kelly, the director of oral history for Battleship Cove.
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) discussed his flight training and service as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He also talked about his return home after the war and his assignment to the Thunderbirds. He was interviewed on December 10, 2002 by staff members of the Library of Congress.
Former Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) discussed his service in World War II as a pilot in the Pacific. Among the topics he discussed were living conditions on Guam, and his bombing missions, including firebombing missions against Tokyo. He was not part of the Hiroshima mission but discussed his reaction to the bombing. He was interviewed on October 1, 2002 by staff members of the Library of Congress.