"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 20 Jan 2000

"World War II & Korean War Veteran's Survey Project"

"I remember the rumble of the tanks, I felt it deep in my chest. It was cold and the frost was crisp on the grass," reminisces former Sergeant George Knight, veteran of World War II.

During the next few years, the U.S. Army Military History Institute will be conducting a questionnaire project to collect original material on World War II and the Korean War. All veterans are invited to participate.

The U.S. Army Military History Institute collects, preserves, and provides to researchers material related to American military history. It is the Army's official repository for information and it strives to continue the history and traditions of the Army. It is located at the historic Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, PA.

This project will record the recollections of veterans and will become an important source of information for future generations, historians and researchers who will use the resource material today and 100 years from now.

A follow-on to the Institute's earlier surveys of Spanish-American War and World War I veterans, the World War II and Korean War project consists of a questionnaire and includes a postage-paid mailing label for return to the Institute.

In addition to battle accounts, the survey is designed to obtain first-hand responses, thoughts and reflections on a variety of topics including personal background, training experiences, logistics, transportation, medical, combat actions, occupation duty, demobilization and postwar experiences. Future researchers and historians will want to know about all aspects of the experiences of the men and women who served during World War II and the Korean War.

Although the survey focuses on the Army ground forces, veterans of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps or Air Force can modify the form for their specific branch of military service and may also complete the questionnaire.

Veterans can also donate personal items related to their military service experiences. The motto of the Institute has become, "From Your Attic to the Army's Attic." All items donated will be preserved, care for, and shared with future generations of researchers and scholars and thus, you will be preserving you own, as well as the nation's military history.

The type of material the Institute is looking for includes: diaries, memoirs, letters, V-Mail, unit histories, books, film, photographs, insignia/unit patches, illustrations, camp/unit newspapers, audio tapes, correspondence, and official reports. Although the Institute does not collect uniforms, flags, weapons, equipment, munitions, or plaques, we would be happy to assist you in placing these items with the Army Museum System, which is managed by the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, DC. The Institute will also accept personal papers from the families of veterans who are now deceased to insure the items are preserved and protected.

All veterans who return their questionnaire or make a donation to the Institute will receive an acknowledgement for helping to preserve the heritage of our military. All questionnaires and donated items are processed, inventoried, cataloged, cross-referenced and stored in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment. All items will have a permanent home and will serve as a record of your military service and will become an honored part of the nation's heritage.

All veterans are encouraged to participate in this project. Please remember to keep a photocopy of your completed questionnaire for your family's records and/or send a copy to your family historian to include in your family's history.

To obtain your copy of the World War II or Korean War Survey questionnaire, you can write to: U.S. Army Military History Institute, ATTN: Veteran Survey Coordinator, 22 Ashburn Dr., Carlisle, PA 17013, telephone: (717) 245-3225, e-mail: AWCC-DMH@awc.carlisle.army.mil or, visit their website at: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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