On Memorial Day one can pause to remember the soldiers who fought and died for America by reading or listening to the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s (SPOHP) oral histories of soldiers, sailors, and marines from World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean and Iraq wars.
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Oral History Program Remembers Memorial Day through the Words of Veterans

On Memorial Day one can pause to remember the soldiers who fought and died for America by reading or listening to the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s (SPOHP) oral histories of soldiers, sailors, and marines from World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean and Iraq wars.

The Oral History Program offers several ways to access and share these interviews. SPOHP’s audio podcast series is available through iTunes and features an interview with Damon Conrad Alberty, a prisoner of war held by the Japanese for three and a half years during World War II.

In addition to audio interviews, SPOHP has a collection of transcripts of its war interviews in the UF Digital Library Center. One such transcript is an interview with Bernard Mellman, a soldier in World War II who tells about training for combat, the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in Germany, and his life after the war.

The SPOHP online radio station features continuous audio streaming and allows users to listen to oral histories twenty four hours a day. Radio SPOHP features an interview with former Army Captain John Anderson, who talks about his experience as a soldier in Vietnam, his postwar peace activism, and his love for ultramarathons. Also on Radio SPOHP is an interview with Dot Whittle who was interviewed by UF’s Provost Emeritus, David Colburn. Whittle discusses her experience as a child during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.

SPOHP has used its oral histories with Bataan Death March survivors to create a documentary film titled I Just Wanted to Live. This documentary as well as the program’s audio podcasts and written transcripts are used by high school teachers, scholars, independent researchers as well as veteran’s organizations to present first-hand stories of the experiences of Americans soldiers, sailors, marines, nurses, and others who have served the nation in war and in peace.

For more information please contact the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at 392-7168 or visit our web site at www.history.ufl.edu/oral.

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Katelyn P. Mckey, kmckey@ufl.edu

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