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Collection Details


Collection Name: Military History Oral History Program
Repository Name: Texas A&M University, College Station. Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. Special Collections [Repository Details]
Repository Location: College Station, Texas, United States
URL: http://library.tamu.edu/portal/site/Library/menuitem.2d2523c97cb4262ebd078f3019008a0c/?vgnextoid=52b4c35b248c0010VgnVCM1000007800a8c0RCRD
Dates Spanned: 1980-1994
Description: This project began in 1980 with a grant from the Association of Former Students to interview alumni who became general officers and retired in Texas. Originally, it was entitled "Aggies to Generals". Interviews with the A&M generals are oral biographies and explore a number of issues: family life and early years, education at Texas A&M, Corps of Cadets, and ideas concerning leadership, women and blacks in the service, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and change in the military in recent U.S. history. The individual's military career is investigated in detail. Unless stated, Terry Anderson was the interviewer, and tapes are transcribed and open. During the mid-1980s, the project was expanded. Anderson and many of his students conducted interviews with numerous Vietnam veterans, and almost all have been transcribed and are open. Also see interviews listed under Vietnam Generation. In 1988, the Collection received a dozen tapes from the late Lt. Col. Jerome A. McDavitt, USA, a survivor of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps in the Philippines, 1942-1945. He sent questionnaires to about twenty survivors of Bataan and Corregidor and they recorded their testimonials in similar fashion in 1975. All participants discuss personal background, unit assignment, starvation, and conditions in the P.O.W. camps. Acoustical quality, and amount of information varies from fair to poor. None are transcribed and all are open.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 110
Broad Subjects: Military; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: African American soldiers; College Station, TX; Corps of Cadets; Europe; Korea; Korean Conflict, 1950-1953; Oral history; Texas; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; United States; United States--Military history; Veterans; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Women soldiers; Women soldiers--United States; World War II, 1939-1945
Collection Code: OHC0000584