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The Witness to War Oral History Project
Last Post 15 Nov 2011 12:34 AM by jbcoyote. 0 Replies.
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15 Nov 2011 12:34 AM
    Hello All

    I am a new member, former USCGR 1984-1992 who served in RES GRP WASHINGTON DC at Commandant's Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC) and in RES GRP BALTIMORE at MSO Baltimore and with the group's PSST. I was on active duty during the Gulf War.  I really like the forum and thought this might be the best place to bring to your attention the website "Witness To War."  This site contains first-hand oral interviews and video interviews of US combat veterans from World War Two.

    The web site may be accessed at this address:  http://www.witnesstowar.org/content...p?g=s&c=CG

    A little background is necessary here.  I first became aware of the Witness To War site well over a year ago when someone recommended it.   I am an enthusiastic student of military history and found the website to be a great storehouse of personal testimonials of our "Greatest Generation" who served in World War II.  However, I was quite dismayed to discover that this site did not contain a section dealing with US Coast Guard veteran's stories. Worse yet, while this site had a section for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines it also included a section containing oral history from veterans of the German Army.  But absolutely NO USCG History.  This was just too much to ignore.   I began a sort of one-man campaign to encourage the site's owners to rectify this and I even contacted a few of my old shipmates and asked them to contact the site and to similarly encourage them in that direction.  I strongly urged the site's administrators to contact the Coast Guard Historian's Office where they could find many oral histories.  I must say that the website's administrator seemed quite skeptical of our service's role in WW II, and they were quite reluctant to look into it, preferring instead to tell me that they already had a "Navy" section and that should suffice for the Coast Guard, since it was a part of the Navy in WWII.  Over a year passed with me firing emails over their bow before they finally have struck their colors. I am happy to report that  "Witness To War" very recently added a separate and distinct page for US Coast Guard veteran's testimonials.  I would like to encourage you to visit this site and if you are a WWII Coast Guard vet-- or if you know one, perhaps you would be willing to to be interviewed.  Although an inequity has finally been rectified, the USCG section at Witness To War is might small at present, when compared to the other services and out of all proportion to the significant contributions of our proud service to victory in WW II.  Thanks for reading this.
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