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Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project (Voices of War)

Any veteran who has shared his or her story with the Veterans History Project has a take on what their time in service during war meant to them. Although for most, the experience itself was largely positive, there was also an inevitable readjustment to civilian and peacetime life that for some is still an ongoing process.

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The conclusion to Vincent Reed's memoir. Reed began writing in a diary while serving in World War I, added other recollections over the years, and fininshed the document in 1933. (page 290)

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Rhona Prescott served in the U.S. Army from December 1961 to May 1968, the last year of her hitch spent in Vietnam. But in looking back at her experience, during which her best friend was killed in the crash of a plane that Rhona would have been on, she realized that this was no ordinary time for her.
Learn more about Frederick Stilson Learn more about Rhona Marie Knox Prescott (pages 314-317)
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* Page numbers refer to the pages in Voices of War on which the veteran appears.

“There is not enough gold in Fort Knox to make me do it again, but I am glad I did it.”       -- Nathaniel Raley

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"...We were our own band of brothers... we were alone."

Senator Max Cleland's story
(pages 293-294, 313)

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"I didn't want to be in Germany when there was a war going on in Vietnam."

Senator Chuck Hagel's story
(page 298)

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"This was such a bold step..."

Violet Askins Hill Gordon's story
(pages 297-298)

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"We ran out of bandages ... and had to use the Stars & Stripes newspaper ..."

Jeanne Urbin Markle's story
(page 304)

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"I believe I was becoming experienced too fast in the ways of the war..."

Paul Alexander Steppe Jr.'s story
(pages 309-310)

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"Above all, I prayed that I would live to make you happy."

Tracey Sugarman's story
(pages 310-311)

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" don't turn your back on [a friend] when the going gets a little nasty..."

Ronald Winter's story
(pages 312-313)

William Jennings Arnett (pages 292-293)
Robert Edward Bendl, Jr. (page 301)
Isabelle Cedar Cook (page 303)
Clare Marie Morrison Crane (page 308)
Alvin Dickson (pages 295-296)
John Enman (page 296)
Bruce Donald Fenchel (pages 296-297)
Donald Patrick Finn (page 303)
Thomas H. Hodge (page 299)
William Valentine Loncaric
(pages 299, 304)
Walter Morris (pages 304-305)
Joanne Palella (pages 305-306)
Sally Hitchcock Pullman(page 306)
Nathaniel G. Raley (pages 306-307)
Vincent Cornelius Reed (pages 290, 295)
Sidney Algernon Riches, Sr. (page 307)
Patricia M. Seawalt (page 300)
Ben M. Snyder (page 301)
Donald Spencer (pages 307-309)
Frederick Clarence Stilson (page 302)
Malcolm Harvey Stilson (page 310)
James Walsh (pages 302, 311-312)
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