Veterans Oral History Project

African-American Veterans Oral History Project

The EAAM’s Veteran’s Oral History Project conducts and preserves detailed interviews with African-American veterans from the Baptisttown and larger Evansville area. This oral history collection focuses primarily on lives of the veterans and their experiences in the armed forces of the United States of America. Various historical subjects are reflected in the interviews and the opinions reflected in the interviews are those of the interviewees and/or narrators and not necessarily those of the EAAM. The interviews are edited due to time constants; however the full interviews are available for research at the Evansville African-American Museum.

If you are an Evansville African-American veteran and wish to share your story,

please contact us at 812-423-5188

     

George B. Edwards

George B. Edwards

George B. Edwards

George B. Edwards

George B. Edwards

War or Conflict: World War II, 1939-1945

    Dates of Service: 1941-1946

    Branch of Service: United States Army, Buffalo Soldier Infantry Divisions

    Unit of Service: 368th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division; 369th Infantry Regiment, 93 Infantry Division

    Location of Service: Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Europe; North Africa; Italy

    Highest Rank or Honor: Captain and Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and “V” for Valor above and beyond the call of duty.

   

George B. Edwards  and Sondra Matthews (EAAM Founder)

George B. Edwards and Sondra Matthews (EAAM Founder)

Brittney Westbrook and George B. Edwards

Brittney Westbrook and George B. Edwards

Walter Edwards Sr.

Brittney Westbrook (EAAM Curator) and Walter Edwards Sr.

Brittney Westbrook (EAAM Curator) and Walter Edwards Sr.

War or Conflict: Korean 1950-1953 and Vietnam 1955-1975

Dates of Service: 1948-1963

Branch of Service: United States Army

Location of Service: Fort Dixion, New Jersey; Japan; Korea; Vietnam

Highest Rank or Honor: Mess Sergeant and several commendations

James D. Jones

James D. Jones at 85, holding a photo of himself taken in 1947. Jones was among the first African-Americans to join the Air Force prior to the desegregation  of the United States Military.

James D. Jones at 85, holding a photo of himself taken in 1947. Jones was among the first African-Americans to join the Air Force prior to the desegregation of the United States Military.

James D. Jones ca. 1945-1947

James D. Jones ca. 1945-1947

War or Conflict: World War II

Dates of Service: 1945-1947

Branch of Service: United States Air Force

Location of Service: Shepard Field Air Force Base, Shepard, Texas; Lockburne Air Base, Columbus Ohio; and Eglin Field Air Force Base, Florida

Highest Rank or honors: Pfc. Desk Clerk  and several commendations

Armandus Jerome Hardin

War or Conflict: Vietnam 1955-1975

Dates of Service: 1966-1970

Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps

Location of Service: Parris Island (Marine Corps Recruit Depot), South Carolina, Vietnam, Asia, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville,

Honors: Purple Heart, Vietnamese Campaign Medals, several commendations and stripes

Mr. Pierree Lynch

War or Conflict: Active Duty Air Force and AGR- Active Guard Reserve

Dates of Service: ca. 1980’s-1990’s

Branch of Service: United States Air Force and AGR-Active Guard Reserve

Location of Service: Lockland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Topeka, Kansas; and other US Air Force Bases

Highest Rank: Several commendations, bonus, honor guard and flag bearer

Kirk Rogers

War or Conflict: Career Military- Iran Hostage Crisis 1979-1981, Invasion of Grenada 1983, Gulf War 1990-1991

Dates of Service: ca. 1979-1993, Career Military

Branch of Service: United States Army, 2nd- 75th Ranger Battalion, Infantry and Tank Corps, Administration

Location of Service: Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Washington; Germany; and Japan

Highest Rank or Honor: Sergeant and numerous medals, commendations, order awards, and stripes

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