Dr. Tom Hatfield is Director of the Military History Institute at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas. Starting in the Fall of 2007, Dr. Hatfield embarked on an Oral Histories Project to capture the stories of WWII vets. See the related stories in our newsletter for May 2007, August 2007 and February 2009.

Working with his Program Director, Echo Uribe and Program Coordinator, David Zepeda, sessions with our WWII alumni were video taped and audio recordings were made about their experiences during the war. Each veteran was asked to fill out some preliminary information before the interviews to help them prepare. 12 men were interviewed on the 2007 reunion weekend. Another 8 men were interviewed on the 2008 reunion weekend. Interviews were planned for the 2009 and 2010 reunion weekends but funding dried up and so the project is currently in a hold pattern. Dr. Hatfield had hoped that after capturing WWII stories from our vets, he could continue the same project into the Korean and Viet Nam eras. It is not known if additional funding can restart the project but we have kept in contact with Dr. Hatfield in the event it could.

The links below are provided so our alumni and visitors can see how far the project had progressed. Only the first twelve interviews have been posted. These interviews are an historic treasure and have become invaluable since we continue to lose alumni to the passage of time. Keep checking our website here for updates.

Home Page for the Dolph Briscoe Center is here.

Introduction to the Oral Histories Project is here.

Oral Histories interviews are here.