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21 Nov 2013

The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa

The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa a beautifully written piece by Wil S. Hylton in the The New York Times Magazine. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa. The battle lasted three days, costing 1,100 U.S. Marines their lives. As many as 520 Marines still lie in unmarked graves on Tarawa, despite a post-war recovery effort. Hylton’s piece features Mark Noah, a commercial pilot, who has devoted himself to finding and returning these remains to their families.

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Courtesy New York Times


11 Nov 2013

Veterans History Project – Veterans Day 2013

Participating in the Veterans History Project is an excellent way to honor the military service of your relatives. A project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project “preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”
The Veterans History Project collects:
  • Personal narratives, including audio- and video-taped interviews and written memoirs
  • Correspondence, including letters, postcards, v-mail, and personal diaries
  • Visual materials, including photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks

The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War I (1914-1920)
  • World War II (1939-1946)
  • Korean War (1950-1955)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  • Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) […]

9 Nov 2013

Last Men of the American Revolution in 1864

 “History lives only in the persons who created it…. As we look upon their faces, as we learn the stories of their lives, it will live again before us, and we shall stand as witnesses of its great actions.”

–Rev. E.B. Hillard, The Last Men of the Revolution, p. 24.
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Last Men of the Revolution by Roswell A. Moore, 1864.  (Courtesy Library of Congress

The Last Men of the American Revolution were photographed in 1864 by a photographer named Roswell A. Moore. This great photograph comes from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The portraits of the six veterans remaining from the Revolutionary War were taken for a book entitled The Last […]

23 Aug 2013

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

Courtesy NARA

Courtesy NARA

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

The National Archives announced today that it will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on the U.S. National Archives UStream channel. The virtual genealogy fair is schedule for:

  • Wednesday, September 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, September 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT