The Navy Memorial’s Stories of Service program collects digital video oral histories of Sea Service veterans throughout the year. A group of dedicated volunteers interviews and records the personal accounts of shipmates from all eras.
If you would like to share your experiencesfrom your service in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines, we would appreciate the opportunity to meet you and record your contribution to our nation’s history.
If you would like to volunteer to conduct interviews yourself, we encourage you to contact us.
If you would like to be interviewed, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Most of the interviews take place at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. and at select military reunions around the country. We do not have the resources to travel for an individual interview.
The interview lasts 30-60 minutes. We are looking to capture the highlights of your service – rather than a complete biographical sketch.
After your interview, your story will be edited (the finished product will be 5-10 minutes in length) and archived on one of our web sites. This ensures the stories are available on demand in perpetuity. For this reason, we do not provide DVD copies of the interview. There is no charge for this service.
The United States Navy Memorial is launching a new initiative encouraging Teachers and Students to interview and archive the stories of our Nation’s Veterans. For more information about how to become involved with this new program, please contact Matt Fash at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each month, the Navy Memorial Stories of Service Program will recognize and honor one interview from our archive. Click here to view the Story of the Month.
USNM Interview of Charles Hill "Journey to the Leyte"
USNM Interview of Charles Hill " Comradery on the USS Leyte, the Korean War, and the Mediterranean Cruise"
USNM Interview of John E. Mitchell "The Explosion on October 16th, 1953"
U.S. Navy Pearl Harbor Survivor: Jack McElroy
U.S. Army Pearl Harbor Survivor: George Frazier “U.S. Army 24th Infantry and U.S. Navy Seabee”
USS Hornet CV 8 Veteran: Copelon Armstrong “Survivor of the Hornet”
USS Truxtun DD-229 Survivor: Lanier Phillips "Surviving the Sinking of the USS Truxtun"
USS Bennington Veteran: Richard Clark
USS Hornet CVA 12 Veteran: Carl Burket
USS Valley Forge CV 45 USS Helena CA 75 Veteran: Armand Johnston
U.S. Marine Donald Denton
Third Marine Division Battle of Khe Sanh Dr. Feldman and Dr. Finnegan Part One
Third Marine Division Battle of Khe Sanh Dr. Feldman and Dr. Finnegan Part Two
Third Marine Division Battle of Khe Sanh Dr. Feldman and Dr. Finnegan Part Three
Astronaut: Buzz Aldrin “Walking on the surface of the Moon”
USS Hornet CVS 12 William Stiene "Apollo Recovery"
USS Independence CV-62 Veteran: Don DuPuis
USS Reeves DLG-24 Veteran: Anthony Graves Part One
U.S. Navy Ryan Thrun
Email Matt Fash (Coordinator, Navy Memorial Stories of Service program) at email@example.com if you would like to:
Interview Tips (Library of Congress)
Joint Release Form
1-A Veteran Form
2-A Volunteer Form
The U.S. Navy Memorial Stories of Service program is sponsored by the United States Navy Memorial Foundation.