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"I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Planes of Fame Air Museum for all you did for my Dad during our visit and to let (a veteran) sit in a B-25 again. You truly made his dream come true. I just don't know how I can really thank you."

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Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Lieut.(jg) Don Samelson aboard the U.S.S. Randolph (CV-15) Spring 1945 Mr. Don Samelson January 2, 2010 

The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War I (1914-1920)
  • World War II (1939-1946)
  • Korean War (1950-1955)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  • Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

How did the Veterans History Project start?

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.

Interviews are conducted on the Planes of Fame Air Museum campus on videotape. Copies of the finished videos are sent to the Library of Congress as well as entered into the Planes of Fame Air Museum archives.

The Library of Congress presented Planes of Fame Air Museum  with a Founding Partner award for its contribution to the Veteran's History Project.
Please visit the Planes of Fame - Veterans History Project Facebook page and participate in the dialogue, see photos, and view informative videos of what we do.

Interviews are by appointment only. Please contact the Veterans History Project or you may email or call Planes of Fame Air Museum with the information listed below:

Phone: 909-597-3722