About the World War II 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 World War II” – 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 World War II 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.
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.
Help Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II
The mission of the World War II Veterans Committee is even more crucial as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II.
Precious few veterans of the Second World War survive to share their lessons and stories. And yet, as we approach the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, several hundred thousand survive, a great many standing ready to lend their lessons to future generations.
The World War II Veterans Committee – a division of the American Veterans Center – stands with them, actively connecting them with students and young people, preserving their stories in film and television, and commemorating them in public events. Here’s how you can help.
The National Memorial Day Parade
Throughout the fall of 2020, the AVC hosted a weekly series of online ‘Conversations with Our Greatest Generation.’ As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, noted Americans including Tom Brokaw, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN Mark Milley, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown were joined by surviving heroes of WWII (such as D-Day hero Ray Lambert) for a weekly series of conversations.
World War II Chronicles
World War II Chronicles is a radio documentary series produced by Radio America and the American Veterans Center. From overviews of battles to intimate stories of veterans, World War II Chronicles covers the entirety of the US in the conflict, week by week, so don’t forget to subscribe!
Featured Oral History: Donald Mates
Donald Mates served with the 3rd Marine Division during the epic Battle of Iwo Jima, 75 years ago. On a nighttime patrol, his position was attacked by an overwhelming force of Japanese soldiers, leaving him gravely wounded. Here, he shares his powerful story of one of the epic battles of World War II.
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.
American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes
Some of the greatest stories of World War II and military history were honored at the American Veterans Center’s program, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. The televised Emmy-winning awards show featured stories of valor from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. Watch the full program here.
Help Their Legacy Live On
The mission of the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of American veterans. Through oral history preservation, documentary films, educational programs and civic events, the AVC works to ensure Americans do not forget these sacrifices.