Guide to the Veterans History Project Collection,

Record Group 024

Project Organizational Sketch:

In 2000, Congress, recognizing that 1500 veterans died per day, directed the Library of Congress to initiate a nationwide project to collect the stories of veterans, family members, defense-industry workers, and similar individuals who had participated in conjunction with the United State's military in the 20th century. The Library of Congress assigned this task to its American Folklife Center, which dubbed the resulting program the "Veterans History Project" (VHP).

The The Wiregrass Archives became an official partner in the VHP in 2002, collecting oral history interviews, artifacts, documents, and photographs from veterans and others in the Wiregrass Region. This is a long-term, ongoing project of the The Wiregrass Archives. A variety of interviewers have contributed to the VHP Collection: Archives Director Dr. Martin Olliff has conducted many of the interviews; some veterans have turned in self-interviews, and Troy University--Dothan Campus students have participated.

American History classes at Wicksburg High School, Dothan High School, and Houston Academy have contributed to the VHP, though their work is separated into distinct collections. See the list of "Related Collections" below.

Scope / Content Note:

As of May 13, 2005, the VHP Collection contained more than 40 hours of interviews with 28 narrators who served or lived during World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. Narrators come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from combat servicemen to those who grew up under wartime conditions. The Wiregrass Archives VHP interviewers have made a special effort to secure oral histories of those on the home front, particularly during World War 2.

Each interview packet consists of the audiotaped or videotaped interview, biographical information sheets, and releases. Some contain topical indices of the interview and associated artifacts, photographs, or documents.

Arranged alphabetically by Narrator's last name.

Date processed: 5-13-2005
Processed By:
M. Olliff


Collection Inventory


Narrator Name Allen, A. C. (Archie)

Service Branch USN / USMC Aviation

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials Bolo Knife


Narrator Name Babcock, Ira

Service Branch USMC / Enlisted Naval Aviation Pilots

Unit Designation VMSB-244, VMO-2/6

Highest Rank Colonel

Conflict or Service WW2; Korea

Service Location(s) Pacific Theater; Korea; US

Interviewer Name self

Collateral Materials Enlisted Naval Aviation Pilots (Turner Publishing, 1995)


Narrator Name Barr, Michael D.

Service Branch USAF, then Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service Vietnam Era

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name George Martin, student

Collateral Materials

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name Bivins, Marjorie

Service Branch Civilian

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials

Notes Wife of Rex Bivins


Narrator Name Bivins, Rex

Service Branch USAAF

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2, North Africa & Italy

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Bivins, Rex, Jr.

Collateral Materials Pathe film, "Battle of Tunisia" on video

Notes Bivins deceased. Pathe film from Grinberg Worldwide Images, Chatsworth, CA 91311


Narrator Name Butler, Harlan Joe

Service Branch National Guard

Unit Designation 115th AC&W Squadron

Highest Rank A2C

Conflict or Service Vietnam Era

Service Location(s) South Alabama. Unmobilized Guard service: 2 weekends per month, 2 weeks per year.

Interviewer Name Jeremy Sizemore, student

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name Clements, Earl W.

Service Branch Army

Unit Designation 88th Infantry Division

Highest Rank PFC

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s) North Africa, Italy

Interviewer Name Fondren , Kenny (US History Teacher, Wicksburg High School)

Collateral Materials Photo of Clement w/ medals. Possesses field maps.


Narrator Name Daniels, Wilson

Service Branch National Guard

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service Vietnam

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Roberts, William (Student)

Collateral Materials

Notes Interview part of class assignment at TSUD, HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003


Narrator Name Fischer, Mark

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation 4th Inf. Div, 196th inf. Brig.

Highest Rank Sgt, E-5

Conflict or Service Vietnam

Service Location(s)Vietnam

Interviewer Name Karabin, Bernard (Student)

Collateral Materials

Notes Interview was conducted as a class assignment for TDUS HIS 4170, Oral History, Summer 2003


Narrator Name Floyd, Mary Lucy

Service Branch Civilian

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2; Korea

Service Location(s) Various, mostly Dothan Alabama

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials small scrapbook of photos to scan and return

Notes Wife of William Jefferson (Bill) Floyd


Narrator Name Floyd, William Jefferson (Bill)

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2 and Korea

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materialscopies of some photos and a 750-word autobiography

Notes Husband of Mary Lucy Floyd . Collection includes photo and copy of short autobiography of her brother, William Campbell, US Army, WW2


Narrator Name Hart, Lamar

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Flowers, George (Student at Birmingham-Southern College)

Collateral Materialsnone

Notes Hart was a POW captured in Battle of the Bulge. Flowers, Atty in Huntsville, interviewed his uncles Hart and Adm. Dub Johnson as a class assignment at Birmingham-Southern Univ.


Narrator Name Herndon, Rena

Service Branch Civilian

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Van Scyoc, Stacy (Student)

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview conducted as class assignment for TSUD HIS 4471, Oral History, Summer 2003


Narrator Name Hubbard, John

Service Branch Civilian

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service World War 2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials

Notes Cross-reference to the John Hubbard Papers, RG022, at The Wiregrass Archives. Mr. Hubbard owned and operated radio stations in the Troy adn Dothan areas during World War 2.


Narrator Name Johnson, Dub

Service Branch US Navy

Unit Designation

Highest Rank Admiral,

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Flowers, George (Student at Birmingham-Southern College)

Collateral Materials none

Notes Johnson was a POW captured by Japanese after his airplane crashed. George Flowers, Atty in Huntsville, interviewed his uncles Johnson and Hart for a class assignment at Birmingham-Southern Univ. The Johnson interview is on the Hart tape.


Narrator Name Koch, William

Service Branch USMC

Unit Designation 2nd Combat Eng. Bn.

Highest Rank Gunnery Sgt., E-7

Conflict or Service Persian Gulf War, 1991

Service Location(s) Camp Lejune, NC; Okinawa, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

Interviewer Name Sizemore, Jeremy (Student )

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name LeBaron, Robert

Service Branch US Navy, Sub Service

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service Vietnam Era

Service Location(s) North Atlantic/Med,

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials 90+ scanned images

Notes Nine hours of taped interviews taken in three sittings, June--July 2003


Narrator Name Mayo, Harland Francis

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation 14th Inf. Rgt, 25th Inf. Div.

Highest Rank Master Sgt (MSG, E-8)

Conflict or Service Korea, Vietnam

Service Location(s) U.S., Korea, France, Germany, Vietnam

Interviewer Name Karabin, Bernard (Student)

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview conducted as part of class assignment, TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003


Narrator Name McCall, Ursula

Service Branch German Civilian Child

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Whorley , Barbara (Student)

Collateral Materials

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name McGee, Val

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2, Korea

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Searcy, Jason (Student))

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview conducted as part of class assignment, TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003


Narrator Name Meeker, Francis

Service Branch US Army,

Unit Designation 6th Armored Div.

Highest Rank Sgt

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials Digital copies of substantial correspondence & photo album

Notes Tape 2 = Elsie and Francis Meeker about life before and after World War 2.


Narrator Name Napier, John

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service Korea

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials Argosy article about Napier's Unit capture and imprisonment written by one of the unit's officers; ca. 20 digitized photographs of capture local taken by former Napier comrade, ca. 1990s.

Notes POW in Korea


Narrator Name Rose, Sherman

Service Branch US Army Air Forces / Tuskegee Airmen

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Jessica Price w/ Sydney Smith

Collateral Materials Class presentation materials created by Ms. Price

Notes Ms. Price interviewed Mr. Rose for a class project in her social studies class at Carver Magnet School, Dothan, AL, in 2007. Mr. Rose died in 2008. He was a local celebrity who is memorialized in one of Dothan's downtown murals (corner Main and St. Andrews Streets).


Narrator Name Smith, Charles Wells

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation C-501st; 101st Airborne; 214th Res.

Highest Rank SSG, E-6

Conflict or Service Vietnam; Canal Zone; Desert Storm

Service Location(s) Vietnam; United States; Panama; Persian Gulf

Interviewer Name Roberts, William (Student)

Collateral Materials 2 current photographs

Notes Interview conducted as part of class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003 Birthdate 1942.


Narrator Name Smith, Patrick, H. II

Service Branch USAF and Reserves

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service Vietnam and after

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Martin, George (Student )

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name Stanphill, O'Dell

Service Branch USAAF

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2, ETO

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Searcy, Jason (Student)

Collateral Materials Self-published memoir, "A Little Bit of World War II," 1995

Notes Interview was part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003 Mr. Stanphill was a POW during WW2.


Narrator Name Stovall, Thomas B.

Service Branch USAAF

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2, Korea (Japan)

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials

Notes Stovall was a POW at Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan, Poland (Stalag of "Great Escape" fame). First interview on 8-22-2003.


Narrator Name Sutton, Robert

Service Branch US Army

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2, Korea

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Van Scyoc, Stacy (Student)

Collateral Materials none

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


Narrator Name Tuttle, Otis

Service Branch US Navy SeaBees

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2 , Pacific Theater

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Olliff, Martin

Collateral Materials

Notes Mr. Tuttle has offered his small collection of photographs, unit yearbooks, unit newspapers, etc. to the The Wiregrass Archives. Follow-up letter should include acknowledgement of this offer.


Narrator Name Williamson, Erna

Service Branch German Civilian Young Adult

Unit Designation

Highest Rank

Conflict or Service WW2

Service Location(s)

Interviewer Name Whorley , Barbara (Student)

Collateral Materials

Notes Interview was a part of a class assignment for TSUD HIS 4470, Oral History, Summer 2003.


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