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Oral History Interviews

World War II Veteran Valmon Simpson


In August, we’re highlighting our collections of oral history interviews.  Through these in-depth interviews, you will be able to hear people who have shaped Louisiana’s political and military history recounting their experiences in their own words.  You can view the Louisiana State Archives collection of oral history interviews documenting the state’s political history, as well as LPB’s interviews with World War II and Vietnam veterans from around Louisiana.  Here a few examples of the interviews that you can view now:      



Louisiana State Archives


Louisiana State Archives

View more than 30 oral history interviews conducted by the Louisiana State Archives.



Victor Bussie



Victor Bussie

Bussie was the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO from 1956-1997 and one of the most influential people in state government during his tenure.



Blanche Long, widow of Gov. Earl K. Long


Blanche Long

Long served as the First Lady of Louisiana from 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960 alongside her husband, Governor Earl K. Long.



Civil rights leader A.Z. Young



A. Z. Young

Young was a civil rights leader from Bogalusa who led the 1967 Civil Rights March from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge.




Louisiana's Experience: World War II


World War II

View more than 40 oral history interviews with World War II veterans conducted by LPB.



World War II Army Nurse Pearl Domma



Pearl A. Domma

Domma served as an Army Nurse with the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Europe during World War II.



World War II Veteran Oscar Richard III



Oscar J. Richard III

Richard, a bombardier in the 384th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force, was a German prisoner-of-war for 16 months.



World War II Veteran Philip Serio


Philip Serio

Serio, an electrician in the U. S. Navy, was stationed on the USS Curtiss, one of the ships bombed by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.



The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers


Vietnam War

View more than 70 oral history interviews with Vietnam War veterans conducted by LPB.




Vietnam Veteran Vincent Alexander


Vincent Alexander

Alexander served as a combat infantry man in the U.S. Army for the Big Red One during the Vietnam War.




Vietnam Veteran Sherill Armand


Sherril Armand

Armand, a flight mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, participated in missions spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam during Operation Ranch Hand.



Vietnam Veteran Murphy Neal Jones



Murphy Neal Jones

Jones, a pilot in the U. S. Air Force, was shot down in Hanoi on June 29, 1966, and a prisoner-of-war until his release on February 12, 1973.




You can view more oral history interviews in the State Archives, World War II, and Vietnam War collections.