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Cold War Dispatches: Service Stories from 1947-1991 (Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress)
Though the term “veteran” is often uttered in the same breath as “war,” many of America’s veterans served during times of peace. This includes over 10,000 veterans in the Veterans History Project archive who served during the period known as the Cold War era. While the Cold War may not have involved a formal declaration of war or clearly delineated front lines, it was anything but peaceful. Stretching from the immediate post-World War II years until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Cold War was marked by escalating struggles between the United States and its allies and the Soviet bloc. During this time period, the United States drew on the talents of a willing cadre of men and women who chose to join the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Motivated not only by love of country and family tradition by also by the opportunities for education and travel offered by the military, these individuals served in a wide variety of non-combat roles.  Here, we present stories of the Cold War, told by veterans in their own words.
Image: Harold Douglas BarkerHarold D. Barker
NAVY
Cold War

Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Logan D. FitchLogan D. Fitch
ARMY
Cold War, Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: William Archer GlennWilliam Archer Glenn
ARMY, NAVY
Cold War, Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Roland Liles MasseyRoland Liles Massey
MARINE CORPS
Cold War

Video Interview
Image: Edward H. MortimerEdward H. Mortimer
NAVY
Cold War

Video Interview, Photos
Image: Agnes Helen Gomez PattersonAgnes G. Patterson
AIR FORCE
Cold War

Video Interview, Photos, Memoir
Image: Vincent William Patton, IIIVincent W. Patton, III
COAST GUARD
Persian Gulf War, Cold War

Audio Interview
Image: Hector Rafael PontonHector R. Ponton
ARMY
Cold War, Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Melvin Edward RatzMelvin Edward Ratz
AIR FORCE
Cold War

Video Interview
Image: Jerry Lynn RossJerry Lynn Ross
AIR FORCE
Cold War

Video Interview
Image: Andree Monique Hampton SuttonAndree M.H. Sutton
AIR FORCE
Cold War, Persian Gulf War

Video Interview
Image: Oneida Miller StuartTecumseh Underwood
ARMY
Cold War

Video Interview
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