The Stories of World War II Veterans

Veteran Roger Weigold is seeking veterans who will tell their war stories for an exhibit scheduled to open next year in the Greensboro Historical Museum’s hall of military history. The exhibit will include a searchable, interactive database spotlighting first-person narratives by local veterans.

So far, most of the stories which the Museum has collected are from World War II.

While you’re waiting for the exhibit to open, you can read veterans’ stories in books from the library.  Collections of World War II stories from the Guilford County area include:

Freedom’s Heroes: True Stories from Those Who Lived Them: Veterans of Guilford County, North Carolina, Who Served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Personal Histories of World War II: Sixth Congressional District, North Carolina This two-volume set, unlike the other books listed in this post, is available only in the North Carolina Collection, where copies must be used in the library; there are no circulating copies.

World War II –: Hometown and Home Front Heroes: Life-Experience Stories from the Carolinas’ Piedmont, edited by Margaret G. Bigger.

The library has circulating copies of the following books by two local veterans about their experiences during World War II: Doing My Duty by Doug Dickerson and Parade of the Dead: A U. S. Army Physician’s Memoir of Imprisonment by the Japanese, 1942-1945 by John R. Bumgarner.

For other collections, as well as other individual World War II memoirs, check Greensboro Public Library’s online catalog under this subject heading: World War, 1939-1945—Personal narratives, American.


4 Responses

  1. Readers may also be interested in the writings home from the front of US Sgt. Sam Avery. Fascinating eyewitness history from the hot sands along the Rio Grande to the cold mud along the Meuse. Letters are posted on the same day they were written from the trenches 91 years ago. Long before the Greatest Generation there was the Most Gallant Generation. Come visit the blog and march along.

  2. Thanks for your comment.

  3. If this comment isn’t too late, maybe you get in touch with some of the active bomb group associations to see if any veterans would be interested in telling their stories. We have a few listed on our website (scroll to the bottom of the links page).

  4. It’s great that you’re documenting the stories our veterans have to tell. It’s historically significant that these stories are saved for future generations.

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