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        Veterans' Stories: The Veterans History Project

        The VHP, which is a special project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, is the largest oral history project in U.S. history. Since it was founded in 2000, it has collected over 65,000 items from thousands of veterans. These items can take many forms from personal narratives (audio and video-taped interviews, written memoirs) and correspondence (letters, postcards, personal diaries) to visual materials (photographs, drawings, scrapbooks). This set also includes a Teacher's Guide.

        A Wartime Marriage Proposal

        When malaria severely disabled troops in the South Pacific, the Army formed several units headed by scientists and science students to identify disease-carrying mosquitoes and to educate servicemen on preventive measures.

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        "Jungle Snoozing": Water Color Envelope

        Even before Mrs. Gerald Duquette opened her husband's letters from the Pacific Theater, she had to chuckle, thanks to Samuel Boylston.

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        Krystyna Kalski: Job Assignments in Iraq

        Specialist Krystyna R. Kalski joined the Army National Guard in October 2001, even after her father told her that the Army was inappropriate for women.

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        Max Cleland: The Real Strength of American Defense

        Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator and American war hero, lost both legs and his right arm when a grenade exploded during his service in Vietnam.

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        Mud On Leyte Island

        Infantry Corporal Carl Hall wrote a stunning memoir of his experiences on Okinawa, by far the bloodiest invasion in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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        Nathaniel Raley: Learning the Rules of the POW Camp

        Flying in support of the invasion at Anzio, Nathaniel Raley was shot down by ground fire.

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        Rafael Hirtz: The Decency of the Old OSS

        With his privileged upbringing — he was born to a wealthy French family, educated by private tutors, and grew up as a teenager around 1930s Hollywood — Rafael Hirtz might have found a way to coast through World War II.

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        Raymond Kasten: How His Family was Uprooted by the Korean War

        Drafted in 1952 to serve in the Korean War, Raymond Kasten was trained as a medic.

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        This Is A Real War

        James Walsh survived numbing cold, contaminated water, and nauseating sights of battles during the missions he fought with the 25th Infantry in Korea.

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        Ronald Winter: The Shock of Boot Camp

        Ronald Winter didn't take the easy way out when it came to military service.

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        Thomas Hodge: The Life Expectancy of a Truck Driver

        Thomas Hodge didn't expect to live long when he got to Vietnam.

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        Jose Mares: Saved by the Chinese from Being Shot

        Infantryman Jose Mares was eating his Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 1950 while on duty in Korea, when North Korean troops attacked his unit, killing soldiers seated on either side of him.

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        James Mayer: Details on His Physical and Emotional Healing

        James Mayer graduated from college in his native Missouri in 1968 and decided to enlist in the Army before he would inevitably be drafted.

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        A GI Odyssey

        John Enman's memoirs of his service in World War II read more like travelogues.

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        Memoirs: An Everlasting Watch

        Paul Steppe, a Marine infantry corporal serving in Korea, saw fierce action, punctuated by long nights when he and his foxhole buddies alternated two-hour watches.

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        Tracy A. Sugarman to His Wife, Postmarked June 1, 1944

        Armed with a sketch pad, pencil, pens and brushes, Tracy Sugarman portrayed life in the Navy before, during, and after D-Day.

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        Diary of Albert John Carpenter

        A 19-year-old student when he enlisted in the 36th Division of the 142nd Infantry, Albert Carpenter served in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France during the final days of the war.

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        Axis Prisoners of War

        The photographs of Robert Lee Olen, a sergeant with the Tenth Mountain Division of the U.S. Army serving in Italy during World War II, are evocative and eloquent testimony to the power of images.

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        1st Lt. Brian Markle and 2nd Lt. Jeanne (Urbin) Markle, Shortly After Their Wedding

        Born, raised, and trained to be a nurse in Indiana, Jeanne Urbin joined the U.S. Army in 1965 as a way of seeing the world.

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        Charles Hagel: Volunteering for Vietnam

        Chuck Hagel, Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator, served in Vietnam with his brother Tom in 1968.

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        Crew Off Duty

        Armed with a sketch pad, pencil, pens and brushes, Tracy Sugarman portrayed life in the Navy before, during, and after D-Day.

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        Gunner Nice of the "Devil Dogs"

        By the time the United States entered World War I, William Frederick Nice was a 12-year Marine veteran of campaigns in Haiti, Santo Domingo, Mexico, and Cuba.

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        Timothy Rieger: His Tour of Duty in Afghanistan

        Timothy Rieger first served his country in the 1980s as a Marine assigned to various overseas duty stations.

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