Mission Statement

The mission of WW2 History Archive is to focus on the preservation of the experiences of WW2 Veterans through the application of oral history interviews done through various media. We have fewer WWII Vets every day – the mission to honor them and capture their history is urgent. Additionally sponsorship and support to commemoration of the events of World War Two and the Veterans of World War Two is also our mission focus. Oral history obtained typically shall be donated to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress www.loc.gov/vets. The interview may be written, audio or video and may include photos. Other preservation efforts may be duplication other WWII oral history archives for the VHP, scanning WWII related documents for the National Archives, creating documentaries, support of preservation of objects or buildings related to WWII. Lectures and classes may be given by WW2 History Archive. In the future Veterans of all America’s wars since WWII may be included. We support others efforts to commemorate the WWII and it veterans.

New Book Released!

The Fate of the USS Tide: The Forgotten Sailors of D-Day is a descriptive depiction of the Naval service of the American minesweeper USS Tide and its World War Two history through the eyes of its shipmates. Since 2009 through many interviews, I have gotten to know the remaining crew.

The Tide belonged to a secret squadron of eleven minesweepers that surreptitiously crossed the English Channel in the cover of darkness the night before D-day and carried out the most dangerous mission of searching for live mines. The risk was high, as being captured or sunk by U-Boats was not uncommon common in this neck of the woods right under the noses of the German Kriegsmarine Coastal Defense. The shipmates were under the pressure of the tight schedule for the arrival of the armada for the largest invasion in history. The Tide and her sister ships had a unique perspective of the D-Day landings and the carnage and heroism that took place on the beaches of Normandy.

Weeks before D-Day the Tide was involved in the secret of the Slapton Sands, a catastrophe covered up for 50 years. The crew was sworn to secrecy, not even telling their wives or children for five decades. The disaster of the loss of over 700 sailors and soldiers would be hidden by the US government to “protect the public” during and after the war.

The minesweeper then met her fate just when she thought she was safe after D-Day. The story gives the reader the tale of what the shipmates experienced and gives some unique antidotes often forgotten in the annals of World War Two history.