Phase I - 1998
The importance of capturing and recording the experiences of some older Georgia soldiers has recently become a priority of the Society. An intensive effort has begun to interview and video tape some of these Georgia National Guardsmen reliving their stories from the past.
From ten hours of video tape containing 17 oral histories, complete transcriptions are on file in the Historical Society's Archive Collections. Most of the soldiers joined in the 1930's and all had served during World War II, serving in positions from bandsman to infantryman. Some were "citizen-soldiers" serving part-time, while others retired from the service and reached the rank of General after decades of service.
These interviews revealed much new information as well as many 'human interest' stories. In all cases, the soldiers were extremely pleased that their contributions to history are being recorded for generations to come. Sadly, since these interviews began, at least one man has died. It is our hope that we can record the stories of many more Georgians before they, too, are lost to history.
Through the collective efforts of the State Area Command (STARC) Historical Section, Historical Society, 124th Public Affairs Detachment video crew, and the 116th Bomb Wing the following interviews have been recorded thus far:
|Atlanta||Brigadier General Robert T. Baird, Jr.||7 March 1998|
|Lieutenant Charles G. Shepherd, Jr||7 March 1998|
|Major John R. Cliett||18 April 1998|
|Savannah||Colonel Henry J. Kennedy||25 April 1998|
|Major General Charles L. Davis||25 May 1998|
|Captain Carl H. Martin||25 May 1998|
|Brigadier General William Hunter Saussey||25 May 1998|
|Major Ray Silva||25 May 1998|
|Major Calvin Weeks||25 May 1998|
|Colonel Charles R. Conner||25 May 1998|
|Captain Olin Burnsed||25 May 1998|
|Macon||Sergeant Thomas Resseau||16 May 1998|
|Colonel John H. Terry||16 May 1998|
|Sergeant Howard Kelly Edwards||16 May 1998|
|Sergeant William B. Bell||16 May 1998|
|Staff Sergeant Julius E. Tyson||16 May 1998|
|Sergeant Joe C. Billingsley||16 May 1998|