Boy Scout Troop 505 is now preparing for a project to earn a new Merit Badge for preparing video interviews of veterans for the National Archives Veterans History Project. The scouts will be working with Rusty Edmister, who had compiled a large library of similar videos for the North Carolina Archive’s Veterans Historical Project.
This is a very exciting project for the scouts and you can help them by volunteering for an interview. If you have already been interviewed by Rusty, you know how easy it is to participate. The new videos are for the National Archives, so you can be interviewed again and on a new topic.
Scoutmaster West stated, “I know this experience will never be forgotten by the boys who participate, the veterans who participate and those who view the videos produced our Boy Scouts.” Let’s give the scouts our support.
The Project is collecting first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:
- World War II (1939-1946)
- Korean War (1950-1955)
- Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
- Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories. Veterans who did not participate in one of the wars are not sought for interviews. Veterans do not have to be a member of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars to participate. You are encouraged to invite non-members in our community to volunteer for an interview.
To sign up to be interviewed, contact