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Historians document veterans' stories on video

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - It's becoming harder to do because so many World War II veterans are dying, but historians at the Grout Museum in Waterloo say they have about 1,500 interviews from Iowa veterans on camera.

Of those, they estimate there are only 10 accounts from World War II veterans who were part of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago.

"From those interviews which really come from World War II veterans onwards, we begin to get a better understanding of what it was like for people to serve," said historian Bob Neymeyer.

Neymeyer is one of the historians at the Grout Museum who records hour-long interviews with veterans on a video camera.

He said each veteran who participates get a copy of the interview as a keepsake.

"Sometimes the memories are crisp. Sometimes the memories are not quite so," he said.

Videos are on display throughout the Grout Museum exhibits.
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