The Veterans’ Oral History Project began with the unanimous support of Public Law 106-380 in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate. The legislation was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000.

The Veterans’ Oral History Act gave the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress the authority to create a program to collect and preserve the personal stories of American war veterans. Since the enactment of Public Law 106-380, volunteers, groups, and agencies throughout the United States have been interviewing veterans and recording their stories through audio and videotapes.

In Fall 2005, Southeastern Community College (SCC) formed a committee to plan and develop a program for recording the oral histories of Columbus County and SCC veterans. Mr. James Fowler, Dean of Students at SCC at the time, conducted the first interview in February 2006. A copy of the videotaped interview and Biographical Data Form for each veteran is given to the Williamson Library and Library of Congress. Sharing the information provides local and nation-wide access to veterans’ military experiences.

The local Veterans History Project Collection is on reserve at the Circulation Desk in the Williamson Library. Patrons may view the taped interviews in the Library or online through the Library of Congress Veterans History Project site.

The following list gives the name of each veteran with his/her branch of service, dates of service, and a link to his/her collection and interview. Search the list by name, or sort by branch of service or date.

For more information about the ongoing Veterans History Project, call Bill Maultsby.


Name                                    Sorted By Name                                     In Ascending Order Branch          Dates                 
Cutler, Kendall Lee Army Reserve March 1970-March 1976
Fowler, James Frederick Air Force 1968-1972
Lyons, Corey M. Army February 4, 1996-March 23, 2005
Strickland, Jack Ronald Army May 14, 1969-November 11, 1971
Hansen, Dennis Paul Army, Air Force September 1960-May 1993
Hatcher, Jr., Fredrick D. Army September 17, 1985-September 30, 2005
Guzman, Helen Gale Navy June 1975-May 1980
Bianchini, John Maurice Navy July 1972-May 1979
Blackburn, Glen M. Army October 1961-September 1964
Nealon, Jon Arthur Air Force September 1968-February 1997
Miller, Alvin R. Army 1945-1946
Edwards, Jr., Oscar Army May 25, 1948-May 1952
Edwards, Robert D. Army June 1957-June 1961
Braman, William Matthias Army July 1969-June 1975
West, III, William Army February 17, 1967-March 16, 1969
Barber, Sr., Robert Benjamin Army August 1964-July 1966
St. George, John D. Navy 1940-1953
Faison, Michael Ardell Navy September 1974-October 1994
Hammond, Larry Ronald Coast Guard May 9, 1968-August 31, 1993
Peacock, Danny Air Corps October 1943-1946
McQueen, Kenneth Navy June 1982-March 2004
Phillips, Jr., Alvin B. Army Reserve June 23, 1969-November 6, 2006
Kendall, Marjorie Helen Stiles Army 1943-1945
Angelova, Reni B. Air Force March 2004-2008
Allen, Danny Ray Marine Corps June 1972-July 2002
Maultsby, William Devane Army April 21, 1985-Present
Simmons, Torrence P. Navy April 19, 1990-June 30, 2010
Stone, Louise Reed Bolster Army March 8, 1944-January 7, 1946
Biggs, Jr. Chester Maxwell Marine Corps 1939-1959
Dees, Phillip Randolph Marine Corps 1965-1969
Blake, Sr., John Milton Mills Navy August 1943-May 1946
Herring, William Norman Army 1951-1976
Morgan, Lloyd Henry Air Force February 3, 1960-March 3, 1980
Charles, Melvin Alan Army February 23, 1966-January 8,1969
Boykin, Kenneth Stuart Air Force February 1966-May 1996