• Stories from the Collection

    Stories: No Interview? No Problem!

    The Veterans History Project boasts hundreds of interviews of veterans in America. However, not every person within the collection has an interview. The lack of interviews can be for a number of reasons such as they passed away before an interview was conducted. However, this does not mean they cannot provide insight into the past. In many cases, their relatives were able to provide documents and pictures of that person. Jerome Glaser, born on the 22nd of May, 1898, and died on the 6th of April 1985, left an abundance of documents behind after his death. While he was not a veteran of the Second World War, his documents show…

  • Stories from the Collection

    PTSD Series: Modern Warfare

    Veterans of Middle East Wars I put my arm around and talk to him when ever I could. Kevin brown In the Middle Eastern Conflicts of the twenty-first century, soldiers face the same stressful, traumatic experiences as the previous veterans. As with the previous wars, soldiers relied on each other, they aided one another and helped to cope with the circumstances. In his interview, Colonel Kevin Brown, a veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf described an encounter with a soldier who was part of a traumatic event. A bullet hit a soldier’s femoral artery, ricocheted out, and hit the Platoon Sergeant in the chest. The medic save the…

  • Stories from the Collection

    PTSD Series: Vietnam

    Vietnam War Veterans In the second part of this series, we will look at the Veterans of the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans were the first applied with PTSD. The term was coined in 1980, five years after Vietnam, by the American Psychological Association because there was an increase in attention to mental health in academia. Studies of holocaust survivors, world war accounts, comparisons of Homer’s Iliad and Shakespeare’s Henry IV to modern examples of PTSD, and 1800’s psychiatric journals were the focus of the 1980s to the 1990s, and have become more relevant for veterans overseas since 9/11. In the collection, the Vietnam veterans tell their stories of returning home…

  • Stories from the Collection

    PTSD Series: Second World War

    Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder This is the first post of this 3-part series of veteran-related PSTD. The twentieth century saw millions of Americans, men women, and children, mobilizing for war. Unlike previous centuries, the wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries were a marriage of combat and industry, nations built bigger and bigger guns, armed millions of their citizens, and new technological advancements lead to new armament innovations such as tanks and planes. Returning veterans came home changed, their previous personalities and lives were altered by their experiences overseas. The constant traumatic, stressful, and deadly circumstances afflicted the mental state of millions of men and women with what is now known as Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder…

  • Stories from the Collection

    Stories: Phout Chamleunsouk

    Within the Connecticut Veterans History Project, Vietnam Veterans are the most numerous oral histories present. The men and women served in all branches from marching through the jungles in the army to flying jets and bombers over North Vietnam to aiding and comforting the wounded in the rear hospitals. Americans of all creeds participated, over the course of the Vietnam War, approximately 2,700,000 Americans served in South East Asia; Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Most of the veterans in the archives were born and raised in America. While America sent millions of soldiers, there were also those native to South East Asia who fought alongside the Americans or with American support.…

  • Stories from the Collection

    Stories: Germany During the Cold War

    When the Second World War ended in 1945 with the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, the world did not experience long-lasting peace as the Western Allies and the Soviet Union prepared for yet another war, this time against each other. The end of the war resulted in Europe being divided into two, the West and the East. Both countries formed alliances to bolster their armies, as a result, the largest militaries ever formed posed to fight each other. There were two major alliances during the Cold War. In 1949, the Western nations in Europe signed a cooperative, defense treaty called NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). In response to…

  • Stories from the Collection

    Stories: Lawrence Davino

    Millions of men and women served in the United States military throughout the 20th century. Connecticut is home to veterans from the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the fall of the Societ Union in 1991, millions of men and women served during what is known as the Cold War. The Cold war was fought through the proxy wars such as Korea and Vietnam but no official declaration of war was declared between the Soviet Union and America. While the men and women who joined the American military during the Cold War…

  • Visualizing the Archive

    How to Search the Collections

    Connecticut’s Veterans History Project boasts hundreds of interviews, publications, and personal papers of Connecticut veterans from the First Great War from 1914-1918 to the current Middle Eastern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. With such a large and growing collection, searching and exploring the Veterans History project can seem daunting. This post will provide a tutorial on how to search and maneuver the collection. The Veterans Database uses 9 selections to narrow down the search; Last Name, First Name, Gender, Battles, Unit/Ship, Served in, Branch, War, and Commodation. The first three selections mentioned above; Last Name, First Name, and Gender pertain to the veteran(s). The legal first and last name, and…

  • Stories from the Collection

    Stories: Leslie Hardin

    CONTENT WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VIOLENCE. Leslie Hardin is one of many veterans from a military family. Her father served in WWII, and after high school Leslie followed his footsteps into the Army Reserve in 1980. Leslie’s experience in boot camp was everything she’d hoped for. Camaraderie, challenges, and exciting work. She describes the joy of teamwork, being pushed to achieve her best. The experience was so positive that after basic training Leslie enlisted in active service, ready to make a career in the Army. But among Leslie’s many positive experiences, there was also a terrible crime. One night off-base, two men in uniform raped…

  • Stories from the Collection

    Stories: Barbara Dannaher

    Barbara Dannaher was one of tens of thousands of women who served as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during the Second World War. In hundreds of naval stations across the USA, WAVES occupied roles that allowed more men to serve at sea and in combat zones. Among this work, signals intelligence would prove some of the most crucial in the war. Before the war, Barbara worked for United Aircraft in Connecticut. Her first date with her future husband, Tom, was on December 7th, 1941. By the summer of 1942, Tom was in the Marines and Barbara heard the first recruitment drive for the WAVES. Because her employer was…

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