The Veterans' Voices Project is a combined effort by Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center and local NPR station WYSO. Wright State Veteran students record video interviews of Veterans ranging from World War II to the current conflicts. These interviews are then stored in both The Library of Congress and Wright State University archives. All of the interviews are available for viewing at the Library of Congress and Wright State archives. Some of these interviews will be viewable on The Library of Congress website.
Another aspect to this project is our partnership with the local NPR affiliate WYSO. WYSO will be airing pieces for the national project known as “Veterans Coming Home.” These pieces will be about transitions and struggles that Veterans in the Dayton area have faced and overcome.
This project is conducted by Veterans, for Veterans. Many military service members have never told their story, this is their chance to do it. Recording and archiving these stories preserves them for future generations.
Anna Foster Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Anna Foster, David Berry, and Jeniffer Seavey
Anna Foster (DOB: April 4, 1940) enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963, and was later commissioned. She achieved the rank of captain during her time in the Air Force. Foster served at Randolph Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas, Ankara Turkey, Altus AFB in Oklahoma, and Colorado Springs Aerospace Defense. She was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Reserve Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon.
Charles Fox Jr. Interview for Veterans' Voices Project
Charles Fox Jr. and Jeremy L. Tkach
Charles F. Fox Jr. (DOB: 10/25/1944) enlisted in the United States Air Force in February 1963. Mr. Fox served as a medical technician. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1967 and later was an instructor at The School of Aerospace Medicine. Mr. Fox left the military in 1983 having achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant E-9.
Christopher A. Fretz Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Christopher A. Fretz, Adrian Hill, and Jeniffer Seavey
Christopher "Chris" A. Fretz (DOB: July 7, 1969) enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 15, 1987. He served with the First Battalion Eight Marines at Camp Levine, North Carolina, MCAS Tustin, California, Europe, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Fretz served in the First Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Southwest Asia Medal with three stars, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Sea Service Medal with four stars. Fretz was discharged on November 1, 1994 at the rank of Corporal.
David Fuchs Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
David Alan Fuchs Sr. and David L. Morse
David Alan Fuchs, Sr. (DOB: January 5, 1945) was drafted into the United States Army on September 20, 1965. He attended antenna and pole school and was stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky, Fort Ord in California, Fort Gordon in Georgia, Woodbridge, Virginia, and Fort Meade in Missouri. Fuchs was deployed to Nha Trang, Vietnam where he participated in Counteroffensive Phase II and Counteroffensive Phase III. He was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged from the Army on September 20, 1968 at the rank of Specialist.
David Fuller Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
David C. Fuller and Jeniffer Seavey
David C. Fuller (DOB: May 3, 1956) enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1978. He served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Fuller was discharged in 1988 with the rank of private.
John Fuller Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
John Fuller and David Morse
John Fuller (DOB: March 2, 1948) was commissioned into the Illinois Air National Guard in April 1971. He attended pilot training at Columbus AFB in Mississippi and fighter weapons training at George AFB in California. He achieved the rank of Captain and won the squadron top gun trophy. He left the Illinois Air National Guard in 1977.
Lawrence Galaske Jr. Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Lawrence Galaske Jr. and Ericka Carter
Lawrence J. Galaske Jr. (DOB: September 6, 1947) enlisted in the United States Army in October 1966. Mr. Galaske served with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company, 14th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 23rd Infantry Division in Chu Lai, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Mr. Galaske left the Army in 1969 with the rank of Sergeant.
Edward Garrett Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Edward Garrett, Adrian Hill, and Seth Gordon
Edward Garrett (DOB: March 23, 1947) was drafted into the United States Army in September 1966. He served with the Quartermaster Corps in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Lee, Virginia, Saigon, Vietnam, and Pleiku, Vietnam. Garrett left the Army as an E5 in 1971. He was awarded the Vietnam Air Ribbon.
Garrett enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1972. He served in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Garrett left the Marine Corps in 1976.
Carl Gill Interview for Veterans' Voices Project
Carl Gill and Ericka Carter
Carl L. Gill Jr. (DOB: September 25, 1947) enlisted in the United States Air Force in February 1969. Mr. Gill trained at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado and was stationed near Saigon during the Vietnam War. Mr. Gill left the Air Force in July 1972 having achieved the rank of Sergeant.
Hugh Gill Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Hugh Gill and David Morse
Hugh Gill (DOB: June 14, 1947) enlisted in the United States Air Force in April 1966. Mr. Gill served fueling aircraft at Ubon and Kakhon Phanom in Thailand during the Vietnam War. During the course of his long career with the Air Force Mr. Gill served in Germany and at many posts in the United States. Mr. Gill retired from the Air Force in 1996 having achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
William Goforth Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
William B. Goforth and Adrian Hill
William B. Goforth (DOB: August 23, 1950) was drafted into the Army in 1969. He served in the 23rd Medical Battalion at L.Z. Hawk Hill in Vietnam. Goforth received the ARCOM 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Expert Rifle and Grenade Badge. He left the Army as an E-4.
Jonathan Granata Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Jonathan S. Granata, Eric Wiete, and Adrian Hill
Jonathan S. Granata (DOB: July 5, 1988) enlisted in the Air Force on July 28, 2008. He served with the 40th Airlift Squadron and the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Hope. Granata was awarded five air medals for his service. He medically retired due to PTSD-related epilepsy on June 27, 2013 having achieved the rank of Senior Airman.
Michael Green Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Michael Green, Ericka Carter, and Wallace Daryl Crabb II
Michael Green (DOB: May 5, 1980) enlisted in the United States Army National Guard in August 2001. Mr. Green was deployed to Iraq and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 313th Medical Company. Mr. Green remains an active National Guardsman holding the rank of E-6.
William Gregory Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
William Gregory and Ericka Carter
William Gregory (DOB: August 4, 1920) enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in September 1941 and received his commission in April 1942 after completing pilot training. He served in the 83rd and 49th fighter squadron during World War 2. Mr. Gregory flew numerous missions during the Second World War and served as a flight instructor. He also flew bomber planes and was involved in the U2 program helping to locate missiles in Cuba during The Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Gregory retired form the United States Air Force in 1975 as a Colonel.
Paul E. Griffith Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Paul E. Griffith and Adrian Hill
Paul E. Griffith (DOB: June 8, 1943) was drafted into the Army on May 23, 1965. He served with the 2nd Battalion 13th Artillery, the 23rd GP Artillery, and 2nd Field Force. Griffith served at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, Fort Benning in Georgia, and in Vietnam. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He left the Army as a Captain on June 25, 1969.
E. Dwight Griswold Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
E. Dwight Griswold and Jeniffer Seavey
E. Dwight Griswold (DOB: November 11, 1922) was enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. He served on a ship in the Pacific, Manila, Australia, and Japan. He was assigned to the SS Mactan during World War II. Griswold was awarded the Bronze Star during his time in the service. He attained the rank of captain and was discharged in 1946.
Wolfgang Grossman Interview for the Veterans' Voices
Wolfgang H. W. Grossman and Jeniffer Seavey
Wolfgang H. W. Grossman (DOB: August 17, 1949) enlisted in the United States Army in 1969. He served at Fort Campbell, Fort Gordon, Fort Dix, Fort Bragg, and in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, and more. He attained the rank of Specialist (E-5) and was discharged in 1978.
Robert Gualtieri Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Robert Gualtieri and David Morse
Robert Gualtieri (DOB: October 5, 1948) received a commission into the United States Air Force in September 1970. Mr. Gualtieri served with the 776th Tactical Airlift Squad and the 7th Special Operations Squad during the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Shield. Mr. Gualtieri retired from the Air Force in 2003 with the rank of Colonel.
Nathan Gunter Interview for Veterans' Voices Project
Nathan Gunter and David L. Morse
Nathan Gunter (DOB: August 19, 1991) enlisted in the United States Navy in September 2011. He served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. Mr. Gunter left the Navy in 2015 having achieved the rank of E-5.
James Hamann Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
James Hamann and Ericka Carter
James Hamman (DOB: November 26, 1933) was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in September 1953. Mr. Hamman served in Korea and at Lake Mead Air Base in Nevada where he worked with nuclear weapons. Mr. Hamman served in the reserves from 1956 to 1972 when he left military service with the rank of Colonel.
Don Hamrock Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Don Hamrock, Bradley Allen Weng, and James C. Mitchell Jr.
Don Hamrock (DOB: February 9, 1921) enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 20, 1942. He served with the 9th AAA Battalion in Guam. Hamrock was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the Pacific Theater Service Medal, the Occupation Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was released from the Marines on February 26, 1946 after achieving the rank of Corporal.
James "Tom" Hardy Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
James T. Hardy, Jeremy L. Tkach, and Eric Rood
James Thomas "Tom" Hardy (DOB:November 10, 1944) joined the Army ROTC in 1964 an became a commissioned officer after graduation from Gettysburg College 1968. Dr. Hardy was an advisor to the South Vietnamese during the Vietnam War as a young Army Lieutenant. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam, and the 1st Armored Division. After the war, Dr. Hardy then went on to lead a successful career as an Army doctor and ultimately the interim Director and Chief of Staff of the Dayton Veteran's Administration.
Jerry Harvey Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Jerry Harvey and Ericka Carter
Jerry Harvey (DOB: June 12, 1936) enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955. Mr. Harvey served in the South Pacific witnessing many atomic blast tests. He left the Air Force in 1958 with the rank of Airman 1st Class.
Ben Heath Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Ben Heath, David Berry, and James Hale
Ben Heath (DOB: August 13, 1975) enlisted in the United States Air Force in November of 1996. He trained as a mechanic and later joined security forces and served in Germany, South Korea, Kosovo, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. He was at Sembach Air Base in Germany during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He served during Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left the Air Force in December 2016 with the rank of Master Sergeant E7.
Dana Heider Interview for the Veterans' Voices Project
Dana Heider and Katie Bradshaw
Dana Heider (DOB: April 2, 1950) was drafted into the United States Army in 1969. Mr. Heider served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War with the 11th Cavalry, 23rd Infantry. He was discharged from the Army in 1975. Mr. Heider later joined the United States Air Force Reserves where he served until 1997.