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    Bob Dole Oral History Interview

    Former Senator Dole talked about his life and career. Topics included the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, his meeting with Saddam Hussein, the advice he gave President…

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    Alan Shepard Oral History Interview

    Alan Shepard was interviewed about his career. He was the first American in space, and also was the fifth person to walk on the moon. This interview was part of an oral history collection…

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    Former Representative Susan Molinari Oral History Interview

    Former U.S. Representative Susan Molinari served from 1990 to 1997 as a Republican from New York. In this interview she talked about her experience as the daughter of U.S. Representative…

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    Former Representative Sue Myrick Oral History Interview

    Sue Myrick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2013. She was the first Republican woman from North Carolina elected to Congress. In this interview conducted by the U.S.…

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    Former Representative Eva Clayton Oral History Interview

    Eva Clayton served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1992 to 2003. She was the first African-American woman to represent North Carolina in Congress. Ms. Clayton talked…

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    Eric Draper Oral History Interview

    Eric Draper talked about his experience documenting White House activities, presidential travel, and major events including the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mr. Draper was chief…

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    Mary Matalin on September 11, 2001

    Mary Matalin was a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and was with him on September 11, 2001, when the Secret Service physically removed him from the White House offices to a secure…

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    Gary Walters on September 11, 2001

    Former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters talked about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He stayed at his post in the evacuated White House, seeing to the needs of the president and…

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    Rear Admiral David Thomas on September 11, 2001

    Rear Admiral David Thomas described his actions on September 11, 2001. Then a captain, he was at a meeting at the Pentagon when terrorists attacks began. He described the inside of the…

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    Major Heather Penney on September 11, 2001

    Major Heather Penney talked about her actions on September 11, 2001. Then a lieutenant, she was one of the first District of Columbia Air National Guard F-16 pilots scrambled from Andrews…

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    Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on September 11, 2001

    Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) was among the congressional leaders evacuated by helicopter to a secure undisclosed location on September 11, 2001. He recounted his…

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    Vietnam War Correspondent Joseph Galloway Oral History Interview

    Joseph Galloway was a correspondent for United Press International during the Vietnam War. He described his time in the war zone including his first day in country. In 1998, Mr. Galloway received…

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    Vietnam War Veteran David Bockel Oral History Interview

    Major General David Bockel (Ret.) talked about his service during the Vietnam War including his involvement in Operation Junction City. This interview is from the Veterans History Project and was…

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    Iraq War Veteran Richard Todd Oral History Interview

    Richard Todd talked about his service in the U.S. Army National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as his time in Afghanistan. This interview is from the Veterans History Project and…

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    U.S. Navy Reserves Chaplain Gerald Hutchinson Oral History Interview

    Gerald Hutchinson recalled his time as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserves during Operation Enduring Freedom--the official name used by the U.S. government for the Global War on Terrorism.…

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    Wally Funk Oral History Interview

    Wally Funk was interviewed about her life and career. In 1961, Mary Wallace Funk volunteered for the “Women in Space” Program. A group of women went to the Lovelace Clinic, where the Mercury astronauts had…

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    Iraq War Veteran Michael Schlitz Oral History Interview

    Michael Schlitz recounted his time in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. He described his deployment to Iraq following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the day his vehicle was hit by an…

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    Vietnam War POW Leon Ellis Oral History Interview

    Leon Ellis served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down during a bombing run and he was held in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war for five years. Mr. Ellis…

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    Vietnam War Nurse Donna Rowe Oral History Interview

    Donna Curtis Rowe served as a U.S. Army nurse during the Vietnam War. She described her training, experiences, and interactions with the Vietnamese people in this interview from the Veterans…

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    World War II Veteran Harlan Twible Oral History Interview

    U.S. Navy veteran Harlan Twible recounted being a young officer on the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk in shark-infested waters by two Japanese torpedoes. The crew had just delivered…

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