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About this collection

The Cantigny First Division Oral Histories digital collection includes high definition video oral history interviews with veterans of the

U.S. Army's First Infantry Division, commonly known as the 'Big Red One. The goal of the project was to preserve the memories of the soldiers
whose military service occurred around the globe since World War II.

 

Materials in this collection have been subdivided into the following three subcollections:

 

Cantigny First Division Oral Histories

The Cantigny First Division oral histories were completed in 2008. Forty interviews were recorded with veterans from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, whose service spanned from the occupation of Germany after World War II to the Gulf War.

 

The interviews were conducted by students Chris Reidy, Steven Brown, and Rachel (Fulton) Coleman from the Ball State University History Department under the supervision of history professors Dr. Michael William Doyle and Dr. David Ulbrich.

 

The Ball State University Teleplex videotaped the interviews. Copies of the interviews and transcripts are available at the Robert R. McCormick Research Center at the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Illinois and Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

 

To learn more about the project, watch the Conversations Across Generations: The Cantigny First Division Oral History Project Summer 2008 video.

 

Videos require Windows Media Player to view.

 

Cantigny First Division Project II

The Cantigny First Division Project II oral histories were completed in 2009. Twenty-two interviews were recorded with veterans from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia whose service spanned from the World War II era through the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It was directed by Dr. David Ulbrich, assisted by Dr. Michael Wm. Doyle, and carried out by undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio University.

 

Phase II of the project can be viewed in the Ohio University Libraries Digital Initiatives.

 

Cantigny First Division Project III

 

Students in Dr. Michael Wm. Doyle's Oral History Workshop immersive learning course at Ball State University recorded digital video interviews with twenty active-duty soldiers in fall 2011 under the aegis of the Cantigny First Division Oral History Project III (CFDOHP-III). These were conducted with seventeen non-commissioned officers and three commissioned officers who serve with the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and are attached to the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division based at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Project was funded by a two-year grant provided by the Cantigny First Division Foundation and the McCormick Foundation.

 

The Ball State University Teleplex videotaped the interviews. Copies of the interviews and transcripts are available at the Robert R. McCormick Research Center at the First Division Museum in Wheaton, Illinois and Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

 

See Shock and Awe: Soldiers, Students, and Stories during a Time of War.

 

Videos require Windows Media Player to view.

 

 

 

 

 
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