It began with a clear mandate —
"Interview South Carolina veterans and collect their stories..."
With World War II veterans dying at approximately 670 per day in the U.S., it's important to capture as many of their stories as we can. The South Carolinians in World War II project is a comprehensive effort to collect these first-hand, personal accounts from veterans and to create an interactive and accessible archive of these stories for the citizens of our state and the nation.
From the Foxhole Up
Millions of people — men and women of all races — served in World War II. Approximately 184,000 were from the state of South Carolina. Since the end of the war, thousands more veterans have moved to the Palmetto State. Our focus is to tell the story of the war from the foxhole up through the men and women who were there.
Along with these interviews, we collect photos from our veterans and use archival footage from the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collection to paint a more comprehensive picture of the World War II experience.