Local volunteers are working diligently to locate and interview World War II veterans living in the region and archive their interviews in the Library of Congress. Although they've completed about 700 interviews, time is of the essence.
"At least 100 of the vets we've interviewed have passed on, so at least we got their story," said Fred Gehle, coordinator of the Augusta project. "We've missed a few. By the time the volunteer got around to it, they were gone. So we have to watch the obituaries."
The effort is part of the Veterans History Project, which was created by Congress in 2000. The project collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear personal accounts to better understand the realities of war.
For the complete story, see Thursday's Richmond County Neighbors.