Veteran's History Project

The Veterans’ History Project at KEMO serves to highlight veterans as well as active military who have served or are currently serving our country. This project highlights differing perspectives, branches, and timefames to compare and contrast experiences. Our park is a battlefield site; therefore, this project offers a vital connection to past, present, and future military stories.

Another component of this project is to bring a greater awareness of these soldier accounts into the classroom, providing a better understanding of our shared history. These stories were gathered and compiled by Susan Caolo from October 2017 through February 2018. The interviews will become part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, housed in Washington, D.C.


The audio clips featured are a portion of the full interview conducted with each participant. The interviews are categorized according to specific themes addressed. These themes are highlighted in the student workbook that complement the oral history project.

Themes:
Emotions (Fear, Sadness, Happiness. Connections to others in your group)
Equality (What roles did you hold? Women in military now - then - changes)
Family (Juggling career and family)
Reasons for Enlisting
Advice for future generations
Importance of Technology for the modern military





 
Service Picture of Gus Tramonte
Gus Tramonte, U.S Marine Corps

Image Credit - Gus Tramonte

Gus Tramonte

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Dates of Service: 1941 - 1945
Conflicts: WWII, Guadalcanal, Bourganville
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Sharp Shooter, Saxaphone in Military Band
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions/Connections to Others
 
 
 
photo of Helen Campbell
Helen (Crookham) Campbell, U.S Marine Corps

Image Credit - Helen (Crookham) Campbell

Helen (Crookham) Campbell

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Dates of Service: 1943-1945
Conflict: WWII
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Link Flight Trainer
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Equality (womens roles in the military/ changes then and now), Family (juggling w/career), Reasons for enlisting
 
 
 
Official Photo of Joseph Dora
Joseph Dora, U.S Air Force

Image Credit - Joseph Dora

Joseph Dora

Branch: U.S Air Force
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Dates of Service: 1943-1946
Conflict: WWII
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Radio Operator, Gunner
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections to others)
 
 
 
Photo of Lloyd Menin
Lloyd Menin, U.S Army

Image Credit - Lloyd Menin

Lloyd Menin

Branch: U.S Army
Rank: Corporal
Dates of Service: 1953 - 1955
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Photographer

 
 
 
Military Picture of Jim Mathis
Jim Mathis, U.S Marine Corps

Photo Credit - Jim Mathis

Jim Mathis

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal E4
Dates of Service: 1957 - 1960
Conflict: Lebanon Crisis (1958)
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Artillerist
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Reasons for Enlisting
 
 
 
Photograph of Jay Haney in uniform
Jay Haney, U.S Army

Image Credit - Jay Haney

Jay Haney

Branch: U.S Army
Rank: Major
Dates of Service: 1969 - 1995
Conflict: Vietnam War, The Cold War
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Advice for future generations, Importance of technology for the modern military
 
 
 
Service Photo of Doug Tasse
Doug Tasse, U.S Marine Corps

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Doug Tasse

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant E5
Dates of Service: 1966 - 1970
Conflict: The Vietnam War
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Aviation Engineer

 
 
 
Service Picture of Larry Brannon
Larry Brannon, U.S Army

Image Credit - Larry Brannon

Larry Brannon

Branch: U.S Army
Rank: Major
Dates of Service: 1966 - 1975
Conflict: Vietnam War, The Cold War
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Aerial Observer, Battery Commander
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Family (juggling w/career), Reasons for Enlisting
 
 
 
Jim Bligh and Marines
Jim Bligh and fellow Marines. Jim is in photo at bottom left.

Image Credit - Jim Bligh

.Jim Bligh

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Dates of Service: 1966 - 1970
Conflict: Vietnam War
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Platoon Commander
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections with others)
 
 
 
Service photo of Ralph Roeger
Ralph Roeger, U.S Marine Corps

Image Credit - Ralph Roeger

Ralph Roeger

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Dates of Service: 1977 - 1997
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Construction Engineer Instructor
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections with others)
 
 
 
Service photo of Robin Robinson
Robin Robinson, U.S Navy

Image Credit - Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson

Branch: U.S Navy
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
Dates of Service: 1983 - 2005
Conflict: Desert Shield
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Culinary Specialist
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Reasons for Enlisting, Equality (Womens Roles/changes from then to now)
 
 
 
Photograph of Derek Easterling
Derek Easterling, U.S Navy

Image Credit - Derek Easterling

Derek Easterling

Branch: U.S Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Dates of Service: 1980 - 1996
Conflict: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Submariner
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections with others), Reasons for enlisting, Advice for future generations
 
 
 
Photo of Terri Greene
Terri (Westphall) Greene, U.S Army

Image Credit - Susan Caolo

Terri (Westphall) Greene

Branch: U.S Army
Rank: E4
Dates of Service: 1984-1987
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Combat Nurse
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections to others), Equality (womens roles in the military/then and now), Family (juggling w/ career)
 
 
Janie Brier uniform photo
Janie Brier, U.S Navy

Image Credit - Janie Brier

Janie Brier

Branch: U.S Navy
Rank: Captain
Dates of Service: 1987 - 2015..
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Nurse
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Equality (womens role in the military/ then and now), Reasons for enlisting, Advice for future generations
 
 
 
Military Photo of Carlos Hurston
Carlos Hurston, U.S Navy

Image Credit - Carlos Hurston

Carlos Hurston

Branch: U.S Navy
Rank: E-5, HT2
Dates of Service: 1988 - 2001
Conflict: Operation Desert Storm
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Hull Technician
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Emotions (connections with others), Reasons for enlisting
 
 
 
Service photo of Roberto Bosco
Roberto Bosco, U.S Marine Corps

Image Credit - Roberto Bosco

Roberto Bosco

Branch: U.S Marine Corps
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Dates of Service: 2003 - present
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Personnel, Retrieval, Processing (PRP)
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Reasons For Enlisting, Importance of technology in Modern Military
 
 
 
Military Photograph of Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson, U.S Army Reserves

Image Credit - Andrea Ferguson

Andrea Ferguson

Branch: U.S. Army Reserves
Rank: E-4
Dates of Service: 2008 - Present
Themes Represented in Audio Clip: Equality (womens role in the military/then and now), Family (juggling w/career), Reasons for enlisting...
 

Last updated: June 6, 2018

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