Veterans History Project nears 100,000 items at US library

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans’ memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records.

The Veterans History Project is now in its 15th year. It holds more than 96,000 remembrances from veterans, including oral history recordings, letters, photos and memoirs that can be used by researchers. Organizers hope to have 100,000 remembrances by the end of 2015.

Bob Patrick, who runs the project, says more than half the material comes from World War II veterans, totaling 57,000 records. Thousands more come from veterans who served in the Korean war, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans can record their own oral histories with family members with instructions on the library’s website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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