Call for Photos: put faces to the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, in partnership with the National Park Service, is working to build an Education Center near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. to put faces to the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tell their stories. The Center will educate visitors about the Vietnam War and its impact on every community in the United States, give information about the history and significance of the Wall and preserve the legacy of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Education Center will tell the stories of those who served and died in Vietnam through programming that will include interactive exhibits, primary source information and educational programs.
One initiative already under way is the national “Call for Photos” campaign, which hopes to put faces to the 58,267 names memorialized on The Wall. The Center will have a Wall of Faces exhibit that will display all collected photographs. In an attempt to ensure that 100 percent of Connecticut’s fallen are remembered, the Veterans History Project at CCSU is working with volunteers and teachers to collect photos and remembrances of any of Connecticut’s 612 who do not have photos on VVMF’s Virtual Wall.
For more information about the effort or to submit a photo for the Wall of Faces exhibit, please contact Eileen Hurst at 860-832-2976 or or visit to learn how to submit a photograph.

Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 6:38 am  Leave a Comment  

VHP presentation at Cedar Woods Independent Senior Living. January 25, 2011.

The Veterans History Project comes to Cedar Woods on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm- A presentation by Central Connecticut State University.  The project collects first person accounts of military service in World War I, World War II, the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Come out, Get involved and Find out more about this project!  RSVP to 203-481-6028 by January 23, 2011.

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Katherine Leahy, Navy Nurse Receives WW II Service Medals At 98

From Hartford Courant,0,7898668.story

Navy Nurse Receives WW II Service Medals At 98


3:58 PM EST, January 3, 2011


When she was honorably discharged from her World War II service with the Navy Nurse Corps in 1945, Katherine Tierney Leahy wasn’t thinking about applying for the military service medals she was due. At the time, the Bridgeport native was just thinking about getting home.

Leahy, who served in the Pacific Theater at Naval Fleet Hospital 111 in Guam from December 1944 to the fall of 1945, says she enjoyed her wartime experience, even though the soldiers she treated came to her with serious, often debilitating injuries. Many were casualties of the Iwo Jima campaign, which took place from February to March in 1945, and the battle for Okinawa in April of that year, according to an article about Leahy written by Eileen Hurst in the Connecticut History journal. Approximately 2,300 U.S. Marines were transported to Guam hospitals after Iwo Jima. Leahy and her fellow nurses were there to care for many of them.

When Leahy was sent home after the war ended, she wasn’t thinking much about medals and ribbons.

“I just didn’t ask for them,” said Leahy, who now lives in Stafford. “You don’t even think of it when you are being discharged.”

But John Hinchliffe, a friend and fellow member of Stafford’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9990, kept after her to apply to the Defense Department for the medals. At age 98, Leahy finally agreed. With help from VFW member Lou Estabrook, Leahy received the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific and World War II service medals in the mail this past November… read the rest of the article at Hartford Courant

in 2005, Katherine Leahy was videotaped telling her story to Eileen Hurst for the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project, an online archive at Central Connecticut State University that includes video interviews with Connecticut veterans who served in U.S. wartime conflicts.

Katherine Leahy’s interview at CCSU Veterans History Project

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interactive interview transcript

Thanks to the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), each veteran’s interview is being transcribed and posted to

Youtube allows us to use its interactive transcript feature which automatically synchronizes video with transcript. With this feature, one can read the interview word for word while watching the video.  This is a tremendous aid especially when a veteran is difficult to understand due to illness, a heavy accent, or a stroke.  Additionally, not only our veterans with loss of hearing can watch the interview with closed caption, but researchers will now able to search the transcript for the topic in which they are interested and jump directly to that portion of the interview.

On each the veteran’s page with transcription finished, there’s a link called, “Interview with interactive transcript”. Clicking on this link will direct you to the video on

Veteran page with interactive transcript

To enable the transcript, click on the “interactive transcript”  icon

Using the transcript

Try it out!

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

VHP Newsletter Nov. 2010 issue

Click Here to read VHP Newsletter November 2010

In this issue

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment  

New Veterans Counselor at CCSU

Dr. Jonathan Pohl is the new Veterans Counselor at CCSU.  A clinical psychologist, he is here to provide support for the student veterans and for students who have family or loved ones in the military, and he works out of the Counseling & Wellness Center in Marcus White Hall.  His current hours are 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Please encourage students who need assistance to contact him at (860) 832-1945 or e-mail at

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voyage into History – Project Liberty Ship

Fun day of R & R!

Jim Lyko, one of our long term volunteers is a member of the Project Liberty Ship and has brought a great opportunity to our attention that might be of interest to you and/or your friends and family. On September 25, 2010, the historic liberty ship, the SS John W. Brown, will be making a port visit and a “Living History Cruise” in Providence, RI. The ship is restored to its WWII state and is manned by WWII re-enactors. Enclosed is a flyer about the day and the SS John W. Brown. Please go to the following link for details and more information: about the cruise and the SS John W. Brown.

Jim has been on two of these “Living History” cruises and reports that it is just a wonderful way to spend a fun and exciting day. Several of us are planning to car pool and go on the RI cruise in September. The usual cost is $140 per person. We have managed to a get a group rate of $135 per person for a group of 20 people, or a $130 rate for a group of 40 or more. If you think you might be interested in joining us for this fun day, please respond to me with number of guests who might attend. Your response in no way obligates you to attend. At this point, I am trying to determine if there is enough interest to warrant getting the group rate. An added benefit of attending as a group is that we will receive individual attention and a guided tour, instead of a self-guided tour.
Because the ship is retrofitted to WWII condition (before ADA), please keep in mind that each person will need to be able to walk (can be with assistance) over the gangway to board the ship (38 steps). Be mindful that the ship, as a whole, is not wheel chair friendly. While portable wheelchairs are allowed on board, wheelchairs will not be able to access all decks.

Please do not hesitate to call me at (860) 832-2976 if you have any questions or suggestions.

Eileen Hurst, CCSU VHP Director

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

CCSU Veterans History Project received grant from the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

We are happy to announce that the VHP has received a grant from the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation to be used toward interview equipment such as camcorders and other accessories.

Published in: on March 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm  Comments (2)  

Collaboration with National Court Reporters!

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) have partnered with the United States Library of Congress in an effort to protect and preserve the rich and extensive history of U.S. veterans.

Recently, NCRF and NCRA agreed to transcribe all the past and future interviews for the Veterans History Project (VHP) at CCSU. While aspiring court reporters gain experience and CEUs, the VHP receives expert services that we could not otherwise afford. Thank you, Court Reporters!

Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Governor Rell proclaims November 22, 2009, as Old Farms Convalescent Hospital Day

Avon Old Farms School was founded by Theodate Pope Riddle, Connecticut’s first licensed female architect in 1927. Mrs. Riddle, a passionate patriot and personal friend of FDR’s, closed the school during World War II so it could serve as an oasis for blinded Army veterans. The Old Farms Convalescent Hospital, as it was called, gained national prominence for Mrs. Riddle’s architectural masterpiece.

History of Old Farms Convalescent Hospital (Video)

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 1:27 am  Leave a Comment