CENTER FOR U.S. WAR
VETERANS' ORAL HISTORIES

Veterans History Project

The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey is the home of the Center for U.S. War Veterans’ Oral Histories. It is the Center’s mission to collect and preserve the memories of Veterans and Gold Star family members through recorded oral history interviews.

To date, the Center’s collection contains over 600 interviews of Veterans of all branches of service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and other American military campaigns. Over 250 interviews are available in our online archives.

The interviews are recorded on DVD formats and housed at the museum’s Sea Girt location, where they are accessible to researchers and scholars. 

The Center for U. S. War Veterans’ Oral Histories is an official partner of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in Washington, DC. A record of each interview is filed with that organization. Each interviewed Veteran receives a copy of his or her recording in DVD format for personal use.

For further information on access to this collection, or to participate in the program, please visit or contact Carol Fowler at the museum in Sea Girt at 732-974-5966 or carol.fowler@dmava.nj.gov.

Interested Veterans and Gold Star family members are asked to complete the Oral History Biographical Questionnaire Form.

Oral History Testimonials

The Center’s collection contains over 600 interviews of Veterans of all branches of service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and other American military campaigns. 

Read testimonies about their Oral History experience.

Everybody wants to be remembered for something, and that’s why I think this project is so important.
Carol was well prepared and had apparently done a lot of research and was able to prompt me on occasion. I did not talk about my experiences for over 50 years and some vets have to be pushed. It enabled me to put my story down for my children and grandchildren.
The questions that were asked helped me to give good answers, easily. Most enjoyable was knowing that this will be there for family and others made me enjoy doing this and that you were there to help me. It was so good to have my family there during this time. Thank you.
The interviewers prepared by requesting information from the interviewees in advance. It’s important to record the experiences of the men and women involved in U.S. wars. Some of them will certainly include lessons we should learn from. I most enjoyed the girl who interviewed me!

The NJ National Guard rifle team shooting at the 1931 National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

U.S. Army Chaplain Major Charles J. Watters of Jersey City, NJ. Medal of Honor.

The Curtiss Wright propeller plant in Caldwell, NJ was formally dedicated on April 19, 1941.

February 28, 1942: A German submarine torpedoed the SS R.P. Resor eighteen miles east of Lavallette, NJ on a bright moonlit night.

Researchers

Researchers interested in viewing our collections should contact Mr. Joseph Bilby, Assistant Curator, at (732) 974-5966.