World War II Project To Honor ACU Volunteer
Who Has Made Her Mark on History

for immediate release Jan. 16, 1998

WHO / WHAT: The 12th Armored Division Historical Project of Abilene Christian University's Department of History will present its first Volunteer of the Year Award (for 1997) to Charla Hinson, a graduate student in history from Abilene, for her work in recording oral histories.

WHEN / WHERE: Monday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in Room 215 of Mabee Business Building.

WHY / HOW: "At this time, we believe the 12th Armored Division Oral History Collection is one of the most significant World War II oral history collections in the United States, and it is growing each year with a tremendous number of interviews," said Dr. Vernon Williams, professor and project director. "Oral history interviews are perhaps the most important tool that can be used to save the history of the WWII generation who are now in their 70s and 80s. The project volunteers are working earnestly to interview as many people as possible in the short time we have left. Almost single-handedly, Charla interviewed 12th Armored Division veterans at three national reunions, more than any other person. Most of history preserved through oral history interviews has been because of the efforts of Charla Hinson." The tapes not only contain information about combat, but also about the division's training experiences at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, in Tennessee and in Kentucky.

INTERVIEWS: Ted Blostein of Chapel Hill, N.C., president of the 12th Armored Division National Association, and six members of the association's history committee will be available for interviews at conclusion. These are combat veterans who participated in the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

CONTACT: Dr. Vernon Williams at 674-2150 or 674-2736.

DETAILS: As part of the Historical Project, Williams is currently leading a fund-raising campaign to establish a 12th Armored Division Museum in the old Matera Paper Co. building.

If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Malissa Endsley, director of media relations, at or call 915-674-2692.

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