The Vietnam Era Oral History Project at Utah Valley University began in the fall of
2009, through the encouragement of history student Courtney Whelan. She urged UVU
history professor Dr. William W. Cobb, a Vietnam War veteran himself, to build an
oral history program as a way to have students become involved in preserving history.
The project’s primary goal is to preserve, for academic purposes, the invaluable historical
records of those whose lives were significantly affected by the Vietnam War and era.
Interviews are centered on the veterans’ perceptions of themselves before, during,
and after their military service.
The Vietnam Era Oral History Project currently consists of interviews with veterans
who saw active duty in Vietnam, but also with those who served elsewhere; with veterans
who became active in Utah’s civil rights, peace, and justice movements, as well as
with family members of veterans. We’d also like to expand our interviews to include
those who were students during the Vietnam War era, civilian war protesters and community
activists, politicians, and friends of veterans, all who will shed light on that period
of personal, political, and social upheaval by sharing their personal insights and