Veterans History Project

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center is proud to be one of nine VHP interviewing partners in the state of Nebraska and the first to partner in the panhandle. The mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible, the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them as they talk about their time in war and how their lives have been influenced by those events.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you know someone that would like to be interviewed for this important project. Below is a list of people that have been interviewed for the Veterans History Project by this facility or one of our associates.  The original interview and accompanying file, if any, has been sent to the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center in Washington, D.C.  We also maintain a duplicate/back-up interview file for each person we interview.  The duplicated interview file is the information that is displayed on this website.  Please select an individual below to see the interview file and to listen to or watch the interview.


Storm, Gordon Halley

Born: 29 March 1925 ~ Wheatland, WY Highest Rank: Lieutenant Branch of Service: Navy & Air Force Dates of Service: Mar…
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Wright, Claude Reed

Born: 23 Dec 1919 ~ Mitchell, NE Highest Rank: First Lieutenant Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: 1939-1946 Unit of…
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Wright, George James

Born: 18 Jan 1923 ~ Mitchell, NE Highest Rank: Buck Sergeant Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Nov 1942 -…
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Lewellen, Verne C.

Born: 06 Sept 1924 ~ Lincoln, NE Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: May 1943 -…
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Lewellen, Jack Chester

Born: 1922 ~ Bayard, NE Highest Rank: Sonarman First Branch of Service: Navy Dates of Service: 1942-1952 / WW2 & Korean…
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Beck, Leo Martin

Born: 02 July 1925 ~ Newport, NE Highest Rank: Corporal Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Aug 1943 – Nov 1945 / WW2…
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Schaneman, LeRoy

Born: 30 July 1925 ~ Minatare, NE Highest Rank: Sargeant Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Mar 1944 – May…
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Bentley, Robert Stanley

Born: 18 Oct 1926 ~ Los Angeles, CA Highest Rank: Electrician’s Mate Third Class Branch of Service: Navy Dates of Service: Oct 1944…
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Dean, Elizabeth Mae (Ellis)

  Born: 25 May 1923 ~ Scottsbluff, NE Highest Rank: Seaman First Class Branch of Service: WAVES (Navy Women’s Reserve) Dates of Service: Aug…
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Hobza, Mavis Ruth

Born: 09 June 1919 ~ Rogers, NE Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant Branch of Service: WAC (Women’s Army Corp) Dates of Service:…
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Johnson, Byron Milton

Born: 19 May 1920 ~ Potter, NE Highest Rank: Lieutenant Branch of Service: Navy Dates of Service: Feb 1942 – Oct…
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Johnston, Lee Potter

Born: 15 May 1916 ~ Beaver Crossing, NE Highest Rank: Sergeant Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Sept 1939 -…
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Lewis, Betty Lou (Johns)

Born: 05 March 1924 ~ Gering, NE Highest Rank: Corporal Branch of Service: Air Force Dates of Service: 31 Aug 1944…
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McKibbin, Calvin Theodore

Born: 03 March 1922 ~ Geneva, NE Highest Rank: Private First Class Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Jul 1943…
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MORAVA, Ralph Edward

Born: 28 May 1921 ~ Box Butte Co., NE Highest Rank: Corporal Branch of Service: Army Dates of Service: Oct 1942…
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Nelson, Dallas William

Born: 1917 ~ Ong, NE Highest Rank: Sergeant Branch of Service: Army Air Corps Dates of Service: 1942-1945 / WW2 Unit…
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Ross, Iva Myrtle (Loghry)

Born: 1 Jan 1915 ~ Page Co., Iowa Highest Rank: Civilian Wartime Activity: Kaiser Shipbuilding War Effort Job: Electrician Dates of…
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  • Project Name: VHP
  • Project Manager: Floyd Smith III
  • Project Details:
  • Project Status: Active
  • Project Statistics:

19

Number of Interviews

4

Number of Women Interviewed

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Hours of Recordings

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