March 15, 2012

New Full Length Audio Stories

The Social Voice Project has just released two new Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh audio stories in their full length versions.

Every veteran's story is preserved in its entirety for historical and archival purposes.  An edited version is then made public with the permission of each veteran so that current and future generations can learn from these eyewitnesses to history.  

The interviews below were produced as part of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh transmedia oral history initiative and recorded at the Father Ryan Arts Center, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, January 27, 2012. Interviewer: Dr. Todd DePastino.

Howard Pfeifer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania talks about his experiences as a Quartermaster in the United States Merchant Marine Service during WWII, including trips to arctic Soviet Russia, Australia, Iran, and Iraq. He was the last to crew the SS Exford, an American cargo steamer that was scuttled on 26 August 1944 as a breakwater or blockship at Gooseberry position No.2 Omaha Beach, Normandy.

Howard Pfeifer, United States Maritime Marine Service, WWII
(Andy Marchese Photography)

Thomas Wiley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania talks about his experiences as a B-17 pilot in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, including raids against some of the most heavily fortified Allied targets in Europe.
Tom Wiley, US Army Air Corps, WWII
(Andy marchese photography)


Let's thank our veterans by giving them a chance
to tell their stories for future generations. 

We can't do this alone.  We need volunteers and support to capture, preserve, and share the stories of Pittsburgh area veterans (including all of southwestern PA).  Your support to the nonprofit Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh transmedia oral history initiative may be tax deductible.

To help, contact: Todd DePastino at or call 412-623-9029.  To make a secure online donation by credit card, please click here
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