From Left is Monica Mohindra, (Library of Congress) Dr. Paul Ortiz, (University of Florida) Dr. Cliff Kuhn, (Oral History Association) and Jeff Corrigan (Missouri Veterans History Project).

From Left is Monica Mohindra, (Library of Congress) Dr. Paul Ortiz, (University of Florida) Dr. Cliff Kuhn, (Oral History Association) and Jeff Corrigan (Missouri Veterans History Project).

Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) marked a milestone this week when the organization submitted its 1,000th interview to the Library of Congress.

The 1000th interviewee was Katy Kilroy who currently serves with the Missouri Army National Guard, 220 Engineer Company and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Interestingly, Kilroy’s grandfather, Joseph Frank Mica II, became the 1001st interview recorded. Mica served in the Navy as machinist 2nd class in World War II stationed in Europe and the South Pacific from 1943-1946.

Katy Kilroy, a member of the  Missouri Army National Guard, 220 Engineer Company and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and her grandfather,  Joseph Frank Mica II, a World War II vet, became the 1,000 and 1,001st interview.

Katy Kilroy, a member of the Missouri Army National Guard, 220 Engineer Company and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and her grandfather, Joseph Frank Mica II, a World War II vet, became the 1,000 and 1,001st interview.

“At MVHP we are preserving history one story at a time,” said Audrey Mack, MVHP executive director. “It was an honor to record and share Katy’s story. Hearing about the family history of service from grandfather to granddaughter brought a unique opportunity to our mission.”

MVHP Board Member Jeff Corrigan, State Historical Society of Missouri oral historian, recently traveled to Tampa, Florida to attend the Oral History Association Annual Meeting and personally presented the 1,000 interview to Monica Mohindra, program coordinator and communication, Veterans History Project, U.S. Library of Congress.

Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) is a not-for-profit corporation organized to interview and record oral histories of Veterans across the State of Missouri. Our nation’s Veterans each played an active role in our Nation’s history. They have a unique story to tell and perspective to share. MVHP provides a forum for our Veterans to tell their stories and share first-hand recollections providing richer and more personal context to historical accounts.

The recording is provided to the Veteran free-of-charge and are archived and made available to scholars, students, Veterans and the public through a partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Library of Congress and other organizations.

Missouri Veterans History Project will hold its first Legacy Jubilee on Friday, November 6 at Highlands Gold and Tennis Club. Katy Kilroy will be attending the event.

For more information about MVHP or to make a donation, visit www.mvhp.net

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