More than 16 million Americans served in uniform during World War II. Fewer than 700,000 survive, and their ranks are dwindling every day. Alongside stories of civilian life, StoryQuest records their memories: a young Marine in combat on Iwo Jima; a sailor helping rescue a Japanese child cast adrift in the Pacific; a soldier picking souvenirs from the remains of Hitler’s headquarters, and many other stories.

Click on the photos below to read about the interviewees and experience their stories through audio tracks and transcripts. Check back as we continue adding more from our collection of more than 160 oral history interviews. And please contact us if you, a family member, or friend have stories to share.