Saving the History of those who Saved the World


The Mighty Endeavor is a collaborative effort to collect, preserve, and share the stories of those who served during World War II. The project will call upon individuals and groups to interview, research, and gather details of the men and women of the Greatest Generation.


With your help, Oregon will become the first state in the nation with a historical account of every WWII veteran who enlisted from our state. This effort will be replicated in other states, using Oregon’s experience as a model.



The Mighty Endeavor is a program of Veterans’ Legacies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to provide an online resource for students, educators and the general public. Veterans' Legacies is dedicated to the collection of veterans’ stories in order to preserve and share them for generations to come.


“Creating the next generation of historians, journalists, archivists and filmmakers by preserving our past.”

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Each day we lose hundreds of the few remaining WWII veterans. The Mighty Endeavor is charged with collecting and sharing the stories of those who were part of the Greatest Generation.  We are working urgently to engage communities around the state to help gather first and second-hand accounts of our veterans.  

Engaging with our past teaches many soft skills transferable to any vocation. How to listen to older people, develop empathy and create strong writing and documentation skills sets. For our veterans, often times being able to talk about their experiences in a common format promotes both healing and understanding.



The Veterans’ Legacies database was designed and launched in 2012. At its core, the database is a wiki-enabled, rules-driven aggregation platform that will enable the mass importation of content, as well as provide individuals the ability to tell their family’s stories. The database can be accessed at We are working continuously to improve the site, and welcome your feedback as we aim to create a place for learning, sharing and preserving history. 


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