HEC Veteans Oral Histories

Veterans' Oral History Project

The oral history project of veterans was started in 2001 after our Family History Workshop which emphasized Military and Veteran  research. We were losing our WWII veterans and if we didn't record their stories, they would have been lost forever. Local organizations and individuals have contributed to our efforts.

The Minnesota Historical Society and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Moorhead have provided funds to transcribe the following Veterans Oral Histories. We will be adding transcripts as they are completed.

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Click on Year of Interview to hear the recording, click on Transcript Posted date to view transcript.

Service Time Last Name First Name Branch of Service Year Entered
 Service
Click on Year to hear Interview Click on Date to see Transcript
Korea Dowdell Tom US Army   2007 6/1/2014
Korea Medley Francis (Bud)     2007 7/2/2014
Korea Mordecai Robert US Navy 1953 Recording 6/1/2016
Korea Swanson Marvin US Marine Corps 1951 Recording 3/24/2014
Peace Ellingson Verdie US Army 1946 Recording 6/1/2016
Peace Haugstead Ed US Army 1945 2007 2/1/2014
Peace Klosterman Richard US Army 1953 2001 2/1/2014
Peace Paulson Gaylord US Army 1956 2007 2/1/2014
Vietnam Bakke Les US Air Force 1964 2007 2/1/2014
Vietnam Berg Charles US Army 1968 2007 2/1/2014
Vietnam Clapp Edwin US Army 1970 2007 3/24/2014
Vietnam Nicholson Larry US Air Force 1965 2002 7/23/2014
Vietnam Nolte Gary US Navy 1965 2014 7/2/2014
Vietnam Norby Duane US Marine Corps 1962 2012 7/23/2014
Vietnam Nygard Carl (Jerry) US Air Force 1956 2007 3/19/2014
Vietnam Svobodny James US Army 1967 2007 2/1/2014
Vietnam Thorson Glenn US Air Force 1967 2014 6/1/2016
WWII - Europe Braaten Arthur John US Army 1944 2007 2/1/2014
WWII - Pacific Brehm Adam US Army 1942 2007 6/1/2014
WWII - Pacific Bright Myron US Army 1942 2001 5/12/2014
WWII Christianson Clark US Army 1942 2007 7/2/2014
WWII - Europe Dille Roland US Army 1943 2007 2/21/2014
WWII - Europe Drache Hiram US Army Air Corps 1942 2016  
WWII - Europe Garvey James US Army Air Corps 1942 2007 4/7/2014
WWII Gerberding Lorraine US Army 1944 2007 4/7/2014 
WWII - Pacific Gebert Chester US Navy 1945 2011 7/23/2014
WWII Gill Bernard US Navy Reserve 1943 2001 6/1/2016
WWII Grefsrud Raymond US Army   Recording 6/1/2016
WWII Gudmundson Edward US Navy 1942 2001 3/19/2014
WWII - Pacific Hemm Ruth US Army 1944 Recording 5/12/2014
WWII - Pacific Hipp Jerome US Army 1941 2012 5/2/2014
WWII - Europe Holm Eugene US Army 1943 2007 2/21/2014
WWII - Pacific Ingebretsen Earl US Army 1942 2007 3/25/2014
WWII - Pacific Katechis Jimmy   1943 2011 5/2/2014
WWII - Europe Kratzje Raymond US Army 1943 2007 7/20/14
WWII - Pacific Knutson Albert US Army 1941 2001 2/1/2014
WWII Lubka Lewis US Army 1944 2007 5/12/2014
WWII - Pacific Martin Charles (Chuck) US Navy 1943   6/1/2016
WWII - Stateside McLaughlin Jim US Navy 1943 Recording 5/12/2014
WWII - Europe and N Africa McMorrow Merle   1942 Recording 6/1/2014
WWII Moore Marshall US Air Force 1947 2013 5/2/2014
WWII - Europe Morrissey Patrick US Army 1944 2007 7/23/2014
WWII - Europe Murphy Daniel US Army Air Corp 1942 2007 3/19/2014
WWII - North Africa Nicholson Don Royal Canadian AF 1942 Recording 6/1/2016
WWII - Europe Olgaard Daniel US Air Force 1942 2007 3/19/2014
WWII - Europe Peer Hedrick US Army   Recording 6/1/2016
WWII - Europe Perhus Orville US Army 1942 2007 3/24/2014
WWII - Europe Pfeiffer Wallace US Army 1942 2014 6/1/2016
WWII - Europe Rambeck Vincent US Army 1944 2014 7/2/2014
WWII - Pacific Ritchie Orville US Navy 1939 2007 3/24/2014
WWII - Europe Roy Emery US Army 1943 2007 2/21/2014
WWII and Korea Severson Ray US Navy 1942 2012 7/23/14
WWII Slen Rolf US Army Air Corps 1942 2014 7/2/2014
WWII - Europe Smith Richard US Army Air Corp 1942 2012 7/28/2014
WWII Soderberg Robert US Navy   Recording 6/1/2016
WWII - Europe Soderquist John US Army   Recording 6/1/2016
WWII - Pacific Steele Ben US Army 1940 2007 2/21/2014
WWII - Europe Stern Ed US Army Air Corps 1941 2007 4/7/2014
WWII - Europe Stordahl Ray US Army 1944 2007 2/21/2014
WWII - Europe and Pacific Sunde Lloyd US Navy 1943 2007 2/21/2014
WWII - Europe and N Africa Thomas Aubrey US Army 1942 2012 7/23/2014
WWII VanHunnik Garritt US Marine 1943 2014 7/2/2014
WWII Vasiljevic Slavko Serbian Army 1941 2011 7/28/2014
WWII - Pacific Volk Ray US Marine Corps 1943 2007 3/25/2014
WWII and Peace Time Vosberg Chester US Army 1945 2012 5/2/2014
6/1/2014
WWII Walsh Marrion US Navy 1942 2001 4/7/2014
WWII - Pacific Walter Anthony US Navy 1942 2005 2/1/2014
WWII - Europe and N Africa Weber Leo US Army 1941 2007 2/21/2014
WWII Wentz John US Merchant Marine   Recording 7/23/2014
WWII - Europe Wiedeman William US Navy 1942 2007 3/18/2014
WWII - Pacific Wilkins James US Navy 1942 2007 2/21/2014