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Saints at War Project

 Organization

The Saints at War Project (1999-) works to collect documentation on Mormon veterans from various wars ranging from the Mexican-American War to current conflicts. They are gathered in Brigham Young University's L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

The Saints at War project was started in 1999 by BYU Church History professors Dr. Robert C. Freeman and Dr. Dennis A. Wright to capture the stories of Mormon veterans who have served in various wars to preserve them for future generations. Included in this collection are stories from general authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in the military including Thomas S. Monson, James E. Faust, and Boyd K. Packer to provide personal accounts of American wars ranging from the Mexican-American war to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using these stories gathered for the collection, this project works to contribute to the Library of Congress's "Veterans History Project" and has used the records gathered in the collection for regular conferences, documentary films like KBYU's "Saints at War," and books including Robert C. Freeman's "Saints at War: Experiences of Latter-day Saints in World War II." They are currently held at BYU's L. Tom Perry Special Collections department.

Citation

Meridian Magazine, Oct. 19, 2001 (Saints at War project started in 1999; housed in BYU's Special Collection; materials provide personal accounts of war from individuals including leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Found in 134 Collections and/or Records:

Frank N. Lauder papers, 1919-2001

 Fonds — Carton: 147, Folder: 5
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 4
Scope and Contents File contains papers of Frank N. Lauder. Includes history, newspaper clippings and other papers relating to Lauder's service in the U.S. Army in France during World War I. Dated 1919-2001.

Gary Dean Rhay interview, 2004

 Series — Carton: 147, Folder: 69
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 12 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents File contains interview with Gary Dean Rhay regarding his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. Dated 2004.

Melvin D. Barney memoir, 1994

 Series — Carton: 147, Folder: 36
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 7 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents File contains two copies of the oral history memoir of Melvin D. Barney, interviewed by Don Norton, regarding his experiences serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Dated 1994.

Virginia Kay Rawley autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2715
Scope and Contents Typed autobiography. Rawley served as a nurse during World War II. She was trained as a nurse at the Latter-day Saint Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked at Bushnell General Hospital in Brigham City, Utah. She treated Edward Rawley who lost both hands in the wreck of a B-24 bomber. They were married in 1946.

Roy J. Barnhill memoir, 2001

 Series — Carton: 147, Folder: 37
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 6 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents File contains memoir of and brief interview with Roy J. Barnhill regarding his experiences serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Dated 2001.

Saints at War in Korea videocassettes, approximately 2005

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 19 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Subseries contains interviews and scenic and other footage relating to the military service of Latter-Day Saints in Korea. Dated approximately 2005.

Saints at War interviews and scenic footage, 2005-2008

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 19 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains scenic footage and interviews relating to the Saints at War Project. Dated 2005-2008.

Saints at War interviews with Latter-day Saint Apostles, 2001-2005

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 19 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 1

Saints at War Project artifacts and photographs, 1940-2002

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 17
Scope and Contents note This series contains artifacts and photographs collected for the Saints at War Project. Dated 1940-2002.

Saints at War Project books, 1993-2009

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2350 Series 20
Scope and Contents File contains books relating to the military service of Latter-Day Saints in various wars. Includes memoirs and biographies their military service and/or time spent as a prisoner-of-war. Dated 1993-2009.