World War II Veterans Committee

OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO 113061It was Admiral Chester Nimitz  who stated, “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.” The veterans of this crucial battle would prove this statement true, and remain as some of the greatest heroes in American history. Over the years at AVC, we have collected numerous stories from Iwo Jima veterans and worked to honor their legacy and sacrifice so that their acts of valor will never be forgotten.


About the WWII Veterans Committee

The World War II Veterans Committee got its start with the highly successful World War II Chronicles radio series. This series, hosted by the late Ed Herlihy – known as the “Voice of WWII” – became a big hit nationwide with over 500 stations carrying the weekly series in the 1990’s. Following the success of the series, the World War II veterans committee was launched and became our nation’s premier organization dedicated to the delivery of veterans stories through all forms of media.

The WWII Veterans Committee and its parent organization, the American Veterans Center, supports a wide range of programs including film, television, radio and publications in an effort to preserve the legacy of the World War II generation for current and future generations. For more information please visit the American Veterans Center at www.americanveteranscenter.org

The World War II Veterans Committee and American Veterans Center are projects of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3)non-profit educational foundation. Donations made to either organization are tax-deductible.

Iwo Jima: 70th Anniversary


Some of the greatest action of World War II was seen on a tiny island in the Pacific: Iwo Jima. The stories of Chuck Tatum, Don Mates, and Jim White exemplify courage and honor, proving that “uncommon valor” was indeed a common virtue on Iwo Jima.


A Final Toast: Documentary

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The story of 80 men – and one mission that changed a war and defined a generation. While the story of the Doolittle Raid has been told many times, this retelling will look closely at the Raiders as individual men, the mission that changed the war, and the legacy they left behind. Premiering May 18 at the The G.I. Film Festival, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC. Produced by the American Veterans Center & Tim Gray Media.


AVC Oral History: Lt. Col. Edward Saylor

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Among the 80 men who took part in the legendary Doolittle Raid was Edward Saylor, a young engineer-gunner who volunteered to join Doolittle on his daring mission. On January 28, 2015, at the age of 94, Lt. Colonel Edward Saylor passed away. We had the honor of conducting this interview with Lt. Col. Saylor at the 2014 American Veterans Center Annual Conference. Please take a moment to watch Saylor’s story, and to remember his service and the service of his brave comrades.


World War II Curriculum


The World War II Veterans Committee’s comprehensive World War II Curriculum seeks to give high school teachers a valuable tool in teaching the true history of the Second World War. The curriculum is designed to preserve and document the legacy of the world’s greatest conflict in a way that is simple for teachers and engaging for students.

Become a Part of History

The Veterans Video History Contest allows high school students to become a part of history! Students are encouraged to collect oral histories of veterans from all generations and produce their own video documenting stories of valor.

Learn how to get involved!


Heroes of WWII Calendar

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Now available! The 2015 World War II Veterans Committee Commemorative Calendar!