Ike’s Soldiers General Program is open to all friends, family members or fans of World War II veterans. Participants are asked to collect a World War II veteran’s biographical information and, if possible, their story on video. We accept deceased World War II veteran’s information, artifacts and stories from family members. Please download the General Information Packet below. This packet contains all the necessary forms to properly submit a veteran’s information to Ike’s Soldiers database, and, if possible, produce a video interview. If you are submitting an oral history, feel free to watch the “How To” videos below to help you get started. Please keep in mind that if the submission does not include the required forms provided in this packet, it will be rejected by the Eisenhower Foundation.
If you would like to honor the memory of a deceased veteran, we invite you to create a profile by using the general submission form HERE. Video is not required.
Interview & Submission Guidelines
ARRANGE TO MEET WITH A WORLD WAR II VETERAN
The veteran you choose to interview may be a family member, friend, or stranger. Be sure to correspond with them in writing to remind them about the date of your interview and what is expected of them. Have them wear comfortable clothing or a jacket they may have that recognizes their military service.
PREPARE ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
Fill out forms digitally, or by hand, before your interview. Test your equipment. Charge your batteries & clear up space on your memory card!
Follow your check list and make sure both you and your veteran sign a release form. Be kind and respectful. Ask good questions and gather any additional artifacts your veteran is willing to contribute.
Submit your materials using the guidelines listed on the website. Carefully pack and mail any artifacts you have gathered to the Eisenhower Foundation.
THANK YOU NOTE
Drop off or mail a handwritten thank you note for your veteran thanking them for their time and their service!
How to Prep for Your Interview
This quick video is to review the necessary items to get started on your project.
Get Setup for Your Interview
We will be running through some products you can use to capture the best quality audio & video. You’ll want to check this out if you are new to video and want a simple way to produce high quality video & audio for your interview.
How to Conduct Your Interview
In this video we will be reviewing how to guide the conversations with your veteran to make them comfortable.
How to Submit Your Interview
Once you’ve done all the fun work of recording an interview, you’ll want to know all of the very important steps to submitting your interview correctly so that information doesn’t get lost.
INDIVIDUAL FORM DOWNLOADS ( IF NEEDED )
All forms are included in the Information Packet listed above. If you need to download an individual form, they are listed below.