Stories from the Front, In Their Own Words

Oral History Interviews with World War I Veterans

On April 6, 1917 the United States officially joined the war in Europe. During the Great War over 122,000 Wisconsin men and women served on land, sea, and in the air.

Unfortunately, many people alive today never had the opportunity to meet or talk with a World War I veteran and many of the personal stories have been lost to history. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum takes great pride in its collection of World War I oral history interviews, and we are pleased to share these interviews with the public. This is a rare opportunity to hear the stories of these veterans, in their own voices, with their own words.


 The Interviews

Please click on the links below to access the stories of World War I veterans through the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool, courtesy of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. You can watch the videos, search the transcripts, and review an index (some including photographs) for each interview.

Before you click! Be advised, these interviews may contain potentially disturbing content related to combat as well as sensitive material relating to PTSD and moral injury. We appreciate the bravery of the narrators in sharing their stories—please be respectful when engaging with these interviews.

Scott Cairy, OH 732 -  107th Ammunition Train, 32nd Infantry Division

Edward Denomie, OH 1152 -   Supply Company, 128 Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division 

Elmer Denzer -  School for Bakers & Cooks, Private; Fred Hauser -  Corporal, and Ernest Wittwer -  Company F, 162 Infantry, 32nd Division, OH 302

Albert Ehert, OH 303

Ray Fuller, OH 50 - Company B, 127th Regiment, 32nd Division

John Haddock, OH 1543* - Company F, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division                     

*Please note - due to poor recording conditions this interview has extremely poor audio quality  

Duke Jones, OH 1061 - 1st Expeditionary Division, 16th Infantry, 3rd Battalion

John Pavlik, OH 464 - 126th Ambulance Company, 107 Sn Tn, 32nd Division

John Pavlik, OH 1722 - See above

Otto Rystad, OH 1172


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