The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY is gathering tales. The motto of their new Center for Oral History is “Every soldier has a story. Here’s where the story is told.” This online research center is collecting the personal stories of American service men and women of all ranks beginning with those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and going back to the veterans of Vietnam.
It’s an educational mission. Teach today’s cadets using the stories of the service men and women who preceded them. Scholars and historians are sure to benefit from this project. It’s open to all users. The Center for Oral History is primarily online and features high-definition video and digital audio files. A preview of what’s to come is on their website including a 12 minute video with excerpts of soldier interviews.