Push is on to capture experiences of WWII vets
NEW ORLEANS - Chances for adding to a significant part of the National World War II Museum's collection are dwindling by the day, and the museum is stepping up efforts to capture oral histories it fears will be lost with an aging corps of veterans.
The museum's foundation is the oral histories of the men and women who served in the armed forces and civilians who worked to support them. Their numbers are shrinking rapidly; the youngest soldier at the war's end in 1945 would now be in his or her mid-80s.
The museum has more than 7,000 oral histories, but there are gaps, says manager of research services Seth Paridon.
The museum has a guide for family members of aging vets on how to do interviews and submit them to the museum.