Posted: Jul 29, 2012 10:49 PM by Alyse Rzemek
Updated: Jul 29, 2012 10:51 PM
WWII Veteran Jack Griffin is pleased to be a part of the project. "I'm glad I was a part of it but I don't ever want to do it again," Griffin said.
Griffin served as a hospital Corpsman during WWII. "I was involved in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945... The corpsman that was assigned to that Marine unit was killed... A lot of them were found, including him with a bullet hole through the cross they wore on their helmet... Which was supposed to be a non combatant, Griffin said.
Griffin's story is one of the many stories that the Veterans History Project wants to here.
Bob Patrick with the Veterans History Project says the interviews have taken some time. Patrick says,"We have been doing this for the last 12 years... Primarily getting oral histories... Someone sitting down and recording audio and video interview with the veteran... For them to talk about their experience during conflicts as far back as WWI all the way to the conflicts of today."
They say, 400-thousand veterans call this six county area home surrounding Clearwater, Saint Pete and Tampa. So it's home to the largest proportion to veterans in Florida which is 2nd only to California and Texas in the number of veterans that reside here.
There is a sense of urgency to get the Veterans to tell their stories.
"We lose 700 WWII veterans every day... And we will lose these stories forever for future generations unless we do it now." Patrick explains.
To preserve the oral history of veterans, participate on line at click here for Veterans History Project.