The Oral History Program of the Pacific Coast Air Museum exists to create permanent records of Veterans’ stories. The program got its start with support from then-Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s office. With their help, the PCAM Oral History Program was born, and we worked cooperatively with Woolsey’s office to help with transcribing and sending the interviews to the Library of Congress.
Since its inception in 2010 the Oral History Program has recorded on digital video approximately 350 interviews with Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. We have also interviewed civilians who have had significant experiences with the U.S. military, wars, and general aviation.
We have also held two two-day interview marathons, capturing approximately 100 interviews each weekend.
Because our World War II Veterans are becoming quite elderly and many are passing away, we are focusing on capturing their stories first. We have interviewed and recorded fighter pilots, bomber pilots, airborne infantry soldiers, ground crew, radar operators, and many others.
Here are just a few of the many interviews we have conducted: