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Honoring Saratoga Veterans

Saratoga Springs Public Library has partnered with the New York State Military Museum to make selections of the Veteran Oral History Program available online.

Established by the Governor on Veterans' Day, 2000, the New York State Veteran Oral History Program involves professional military historians preserving the story of New York's Veterans - in their own words - now and for all generations to come.

The program is concentrating on the state's sizable World War II Veteran community; however, the NYS Military Museum is also collecting the experiences of veterans of all periods and services. To learn more about - or to participate in this program, visit the NYS Military Museum's Veteran Oral History Program page.

Each interview conducted enters an individual veteran's experiences into the permanent public memory of the state and nation, and builds a collection of irreplaceable value that scholars, students, and family members will wish to use for years without end.

More historical materials relating to local veterans and wartime activities on the homefront can be found in the library's Saratoga Room. To learn more about the Veteran Oral History Program please visit the New York State Military Museum web site.

This program was inspired by the History Channel's initiative America, The Story of Us. Please visit the Web site at: http://www.history.com/shows/america-the-story-of-us
The photo shown above is of Eugene J. Corsale, a Korean War Veteran.

  • Eugene J. Corsale
    Metalsmith Second Class Eugene J. Corsale
    Served during Korean War
    Active: 1950-1954
    Interview Date: April 5, 2005
    Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from October 1950 to August 1954 aboard the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin as a metalsmith 2nd class.
  • larence Dart
    Lt. Colonel Clarence W. Dart
    Served during WWII
    Active: 1942-1947
    Interview Date: February 13, 2001
    World War II veteran who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy from 1943 to 1945 as a fighter pilot. Lt. Col. Dart was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
  • Charles Hunt
    Corporal Charles Hunt
    Served during Vietnam
    Active: 1964-1967
    Interview Date: February 1, 2006
    Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. His unit was the 504th MPs. His Charlie Company platoon was attached to the 9th Cavalry.
  • Ellsworth Jones
    First Lieutenant Ellsworth Jones
    Served during WWII
    Active: 1942-1945
    Interview Date: May 14, 2004
    World War II Veteran who served with the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was a First Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division ("The Screaming Eagles") and participated in D-Day operations. He received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
  • Michelle Lindsay
    Master Sergeant Michelle Lindsay
    Served during Iraq War
    Active: 1990-1998, 1999-
    Interview Date: March 8, 2007
    Iraqi War Veteran. Sergeant First Class Lindsay served in the active army from 1990 to 1998 and the New York State National Guard from 1999 to the present and currently holds the rank of Master Sergeant. She served with the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq.
  • Kevin Patrick Lyons
    First Sergeant Kevin Patrick Lyons
    Served during Iraq War
    Active: 1981-
    Interview Date: June 22, 2004
    Iraqi War Veteran. First Sergeant Lyons entered the U.S.Army in 1981 and served in Korea and in Albania during the Kosovo War. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004.
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The video interviews on this page were proudly donated to the library for use by the NYS Military Museum located only two blocks from the library.
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