Battle Stories Help Prepare Soldiers for War

"Twenty years from now, his son, Bradley, can look at this and find people talking about his father and what kind of man he was. I think that's important."

Besides serving as a teaching tool, the project is intended to preserve oral accounts of soldiers' stories. The archives will also be available to the general public, which makes the project not only a history lesson but a kind of public engagement.

"American society is not as connected to its military as it was a couple of generations ago, and this gives us an opportunity to help re-establish that connection," Moten said. "We're not monolithic, we have different views, we're part of American values."

For more information on the West Point Center for Oral History project, or to make a donation to its cause, visit the Web site.

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