Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project

There is perhaps no better way to learn about history than through firsthand accounts. You get a better understanding of what really happened when you hear directly from those who lived through the events. That’s what the Veterans History Project (VHP)—an initiative that aims to preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans—seeks to do. 

Since the VHP was approved by Congress in 2000, over 100,000 veterans have described their service in audio and video recordings that are now part of the collection. Submissions have been archived from veterans of World War I through Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. These men and women participated and witnessed some pivotal events in our nation’s history. 

Arkansans have a long and proud history of supporting our nation’s military. More than 250,000 veterans call Arkansas home, however only 1,200 Arkansas veterans’ stories are part of the VHP collection. I want to make sure this collection includes examples of courage, bravery and service of as many Arkansans who have worn our nation’s uniform as possible. 

Many of us have family members and friends who have served in the Armed Forces. Capturing and preserving their memories is a great way to honor their service and commitment to our country.

For more information on how you can participate in the Veterans History Project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets

Featured VHP Submissions

The late William Kenneth Harp was a WWII veteran who served in the European Theater. He was drafted into the Army, but was granted a waiver until the birth of his first son. By November 1942, Harp was on a ship headed to Europe where his assignment was to search for mines ahead of the advancing Allied Forces. In this interview, conducted a few weeks before Harp's death, he shares his memories of military service.
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) R. Winston Fulmer wore our nation's uniform for more than 20 years. Fulmer has dedicated his life to serving his country, demonstrating selfless sacrifice, courage and leadership in uniform in assignments in Korea and Vietnam. His memories of his time in uniform are an important part of our history. Listen to his memories of military service in this interview. 
Major General (retired) William Wofford grew up in a family with deep military roots. As the son of a WWII veteran who continued a military career in the Arkansas National Guard, he learned about service and sacrifice at an early age. He was encouraged to join the Arkansas National Guard after completing four years of active duty. Not long after, he made the Guard his career. In 2007, Wofford was appointed as the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, a position he held until 2015. Wofford served in uniform for 43 years. Today he continues his service as a member of veteran service organizations and other boards and committees that support Arkansas veterans. He talks about his decades of military service in this interview.