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The Saints at War Project was begun in the year 2000 by BYU professors Robert Freeman and Dennis Wright. The Project is dedicated to acquiring and preserving the accounts of LDS Veterans who have served in any of the militarily significant wars and conflicts since the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to general servicemen and women, we are interested in others who have experienced wars in various ways including at the homefront.

A partnership was begun in the year 2001 with the national Veteran’s History Project through the Library of Congress. In addition, We have worked closely with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University to preserve these accounts. To date, over 3,000 accounts have been received and most have been conveyed to the Library. We are grateful to the curators and others for their assistance in this process

We invite anyone who has experiences to share to email the Project leadership at robertfreeman@byu.edu or call 801-422-2484.

Another member of the Saints at War team is Dr. Kenneth Alford. His experience in the military is particularly important in this research. Dr. Kenneth L. Alford is a Professor of Church History and Doctrine. After serving almost 30 years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science and information systems engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a Professor of Behavioral Science and Department Chair at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. After serving in the England Bristol Mission, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Master of Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in computer science from George Mason University. He has published and presented on a wide variety of subjects during his career. His current research focuses on Latter-day Saint military service.

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