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.
David R. Yarborough and David L. Morse
David R. Yarborough (DOB: January 1, 1959) enlisted in the United States Army on June 28, 1977. He was a member of the 9th Infantry, 9th Military Police Company. He was stationed at Ft. McClellan, AL; Ft. Lewis, WA; and Cincinnati, OH. He achieved the rank of E4. He left military service in August 1980.
When most people think of a military marriage, they imagine only one spouse in the service. But dual-military marriages, where both spouses are service members, are becoming more common in every branch of the military. Today, our Veterans’ Voices series continues with Army veterans and Wright State students Loghan and Joe Young of Huber Heights. The Youngs built their marriage on the unique experiences they shared in the armed forces.
The role of women is expanding in the military, yet gender stereotypes remain. Today on Veterans’ Voices, we hear from Army veterans and Wright State students Loghan Young of Huber Heights and Ericka Carter of Dayton who pursued career paths in the military that defied expectations.
Loghan Young and Ericka Carter
Loghan Young (DOB: September 17, 1988) enlisted in the United States Army in September 2009. Ms. Young served at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was a lead convoy driver during her time in Afghanistan. Ms. Young left military service in 2012.
Jordan Zimmerman and Jeremy L. Tkach
Jordan Zimmerman (DOB: July 10, 1987) enlisted in the United States Navy in April 2009. He joined the 3rd medical battalion stationed in Okinawa, Japan and served there during the 2011 earthquake that damaged the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. He also served at the Naval Station Great Lakes and was deployed from there to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He received the FMF pin and the Navy Achievement medal. He achieved the rank of E-5 and left military service in August of 2015.