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Living Military History to Be Honored

Nov. 2 Event Honors the Subjects of the El Toro Marine Air Station Oral History Project

Oct. 30, 2013

Cal State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will honor the nearly 500 individuals whose memories make up the El Toro Marine Air Station Oral History Project at a special luncheon Nov. 2.

"The individual stories we've collected as part of this project have contributed to the public memory of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station," center director Natalie M. Fousekis explains, "and the men and women who played an important part in the base from its early years during World War II to its transition to the Orange County Great Park in the twenty-first century.

"Moreover, the project allows individual experience and reflection to shape our understanding of the El Toro base, war and the dramatic changes experienced by Orange County since World War II, while providing the 40 students who have served as interviewers and researchers invaluable hands-on training in oral history. This is the kind of community history the center will continue to pursue."

The project, a collaboration with the Orange County Great Park, has preserved the voices of the people who lived or worked at the base, including many veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and their families. The luncheon is sponsored by alumnus Jeffrey Van Harte '80 (B.A. business administration-finance).

For more information, contact the Center for Oral and Public History at 657-278-3580.

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