Veterans Oral History Collection


1st Lt. Bennis M. Blue (third from right) pictured during parachute jump training for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1978. Blue was the first female officer of the 82nd Airborne. From the Bennis M. Blue Papers, Cold War Papers, Military Collection.

About this collection

The North Carolina Veterans Oral History Collection is composed of more than 1,100 interviews. Since 1996 the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina has conducted them as part of the North Carolina Veterans Oral History Program. The purpose of the program is to document and provide access to the memories and experiences of military servicemen and servicewomen from the state of North Carolina, and preserve them for future scholarship. The interviews included in this online collection have been conducted since 2015, and are in audio format for streaming-only listening through the State Archives’ Internet Archive collection; links to these interviews are also provided through the North Carolina Digital Collections. Interviews will be made accessible through digital audio and text-based interview summaries over the coming years. Interviews are conducted by the Military Collection Archivist and program volunteers.

The Veterans Oral History Program conducts interviews with military veterans who were born and raised in North Carolina, and who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for any military service, engagement, or war. Interviews are also conducted with older veterans who have spent more than twenty-five years living in North Carolina, but initially served in the U.S. Armed Forces from another state. Interviews are also conducted with veterans who spent considerable time training at North Carolina military camps, forts, and air bases, but who did not live or serve from North Carolina. All North Carolina U.S. veterans or currently-enlisted men or women interested in sharing their military experiences with the Veterans Oral History Program are eligible for consideration to be interviewed by the Military Collection Archivist or a designee. A veteran does not have to have seen active military combat service to be interviewed for the program. Service is valued for its historical context—not its physical engagement. If you wish to learn more about the Veterans Oral History Program, visit the program’s webpage at

Digital copies of these interviews can be ordered through the States Archives’ Duplication Services.

Note: Interviews may contain curse words and racial language in the description of the veterans’ service periods. Listener discretion is advised. All opinions expressed on politics, military service, race, and other topics are solely those of the interviewee, and does not represent the views of the staff or administrators of the State Archives of North Carolina.