Range Book Project Members of Range Platoon Telling Our Story Together
Purpose: Create a multimedia primary source archive of the collective memories of Range Platoon. This will include, audio, video, and written stories as told by all members and/or family members. At some future time, we may publish these memories in a book format.
Step 1 - What stories do you wish to share? Reflect & organize your thoughts about the stories you want to share with others. Remember, the ultimate goal is to publish a compilation of the stories of Range in a book to be made available to your families, as well as the general public. Click here for a list of suggested topics to help guide your reflection. We are expecting everyone will have multiple stories. It would be better to separate your submissions into shorter stories about individual events/topics with lots of detail and elaboration for each. For example, each event/topic might provoke a separate story submission. You can revise your story at any time after submission.
Step 2 - Share your stories This can be very simple, much like sharing stories at reunions. Please submit one story at a time, as soon as you complete it. It's important for all of us to get this mission underway asap. Share either verbally with me (Jim Garvin) or in written format.
Verbal Sharing: Let's Talk! Using FreeConferenceCall.com (similar to Zoom or FaceTime) for our casual conversation, we can talk at your convenience, as often as you wish. Afterwards, we can download audio & video files separately, create keywords for indexing, create written transcripts, etc. All will be very helpful for creating and organizing the archive for various purposes. Most importantly, you will receive a copy of all files for your personal use, including sharing with your family.
Note: If you don't want to use FreeConferenceCall.com, you can call me and I will take notes and transcribe our conversation, but we will not have an audio and video recording of you telling your story and we will likely also lose some of the details of your story because I can't write fast enough. Also, once I get involved in your story, I may forget to take notes and Lord knows, my memory is fading fast into the sunset. :-)
Written Sharing: You Write! If you prefer to write your stories, please email to me using the Email Me link above. Please go ahead and submit your first story as soon as you finish it, then continue to work on additional stories.
Note: Once your written story is received, I would like to record a conversation with you about that story so that we can retain audio/video files of you telling your story. It may be a simple reading of your written story on video or an expanded conversation about your written story.
Step 3 - Review, Revise, Edit We don't know how this will unfold until we get underway with your stories. We are considering sharing all stories within Range to stimulate more memories which, in turn, might result in more story revisions for all. Let's discuss this further in our next Zoom meeting on June 20th.
What are your thoughts, suggestions, questions, and skills to volunteer? Please use the Email Me link above to contact me.
We were all brothers in Vietnam. And once again, we're all in this together. The story of Range is not complete until your part of the story is told.