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James Capers, Jr., Major

Major James Capers, Jr. Interview Transcript James Capers Jr., Major An extraordinary story of overcoming both institutional prejudice and extreme personal injury, Major James Capers Jr…

Dr. Malcolm Ekstrand, Private 1st Class

Dr. Malcolm Ekstrand, Private 1st Class Going from working kitchen duty with the Yankee Division in France to enduring seven days of German captivity while wounded, Dr. Malcolm Ekstrand’s story of…

Donald E. Casey, 2nd Lieutenant

Donald Casey Interview Transcription Donald E. Casey, 2nd Lieutenant After enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1942, Donald Casey flew combat missions over…

Plan a Fieldtrip

  Need to know Every field trip will be greeted by a museum educator with a 15-minute inquiry-based activity and provided a Student Gallery Guide to explore the exhibit. The Museum has new…

Who is Bill Mauldin?

Born into poverty, Mauldin used his pen and paper to change his fortune and circumstances. His art saw him through World War II, where he used his own experiences and those of the downtrodden…

Kimberly Mitchell, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy

Kimberly Mitchell transcript Kimberly Mitchell, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Kimberly Mitchell is a living example of the blessings that can come from tragedy. In the midst of the Vietnam…

John McNalis, Chaplain

Father John McNalis Interview Transcription John McNalis, Chaplain Father John McNalis served as a military chaplain on Air Force bases between 1973 and 1997, completing  brief assignments…

James Mulvaney, Lieutenant

James Mulvaney Interview Transcription James Mulvaney, Lieutenant James Mulvaney, who joined the Infantry as an officer after graduating from DePaul University's ROTC program, was…

Stephen Wolf, Captain

Stephen Wolf Interview Transcription Stephen Wolf, Captain Like many of his generation, Stephen Wolf's decision to join the Army came from the terrible events of September 11, 2001, as well as…

Charles William Vann (Vyhnanek) Collection

Charles William Vann (Vyhnanek) was born in November 12, 1916 in Berwyn, Illinois, and grew up in Chicago. He worked as a porter and stenographer for a railroad company in Chicago before enlisting in…

James H. Mukoyama, Major General

Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama Interview Transcription James H. Mukoyama, Major General Major General James H. Mukoyama had a long and illustrious military career which includes combat patrols in…

Jack V. Sewell Collection

Jack V. Sewell was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 11, 1923 to Arthur B. and Annie L. Sewell. He attended St. Joseph Central High School and was the Art Editor for the school magazine Tower…

Lt. Col. Robert C. Peithman, USMCR Collection

About Lt. Col. Peithman Robert C. Peithman was born in October 1950.  He joined the United States Marines and served 10 years of active duty plus an additional 18 on reserve duty achieving…

Parrish Collection on Soviet History

Michael Parrish (1937-2010) was an Associate Professor at Indiana University and the author of more than 50 books, articles, and book reviews on the Soviet military.  He is best known for…

Digital Resources for Members

Through our consortium with eRead Illinois, our members now have access to 10,000+ diverse e-book titles. With your membership ID, you will be able to view or check out these resources onto…

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule Many books consider issues of race and America’s struggle with its legacy of slavery.  But…