About Melinda Holloway


I love history.

I am a teacher.

I support our military.

All these things have come together to form the Veteran Voices oral history project. Teaching history through storytelling and recording and writing the oral histories of our veterans has become a passion of mine.

melinda vet award
I am honored to receive this special citation from the VFW Post #3652 in Hammond, LA

Veteran Voices is an attempt to gather our veterans’ personal stories — their oral histories — so that these stories may be saved for generations to come.

If you are a history buff, see my other blog of historical tales I have discovered while searching for my own family’s history. You will find it at http://www.talesinthetree.wordpress.com.

Thank you for supporting me in these efforts!


14 Comments Add yours

  1. gpcox says:

    A sincere pleasure to meet you! Looking forward to more of your posts.

    1. Thank you for your kind response. I have also enjoyed what I’ve seen of your blog.We do seem to have similar passions!

  2. Linda Trapp Chustz says:

    I am writing to see if you would honor my father by interviewing him. You have spoken to him and I think he realizes the importance of your project. How can I get in touch with you. LTC

    1. Absolutely! I will contact you by email and we will work out the details.

  3. Pete Fiore says:

    Just read your interview with L.D.Jackson.My dad was stationed on Nanumea at the same time as Mr.Jackson.Also he mentioned the B24 Bolivar,a friend of mine was a crew member aboard Bolivar.And the remnants of my dads b24,Raunchy,still remains on Nanumea after it crashed on the island.Please contact me if you would like further info on the island and the 7th Army Air Force on Nanumea…..

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I would like to know more about your dad and his time on Nanumea. Any photos and info you can give me about him and what he did while in the Army Air Corps (Force) would be great. I would love to hear his story — from him if he is still with us, or from you if he has passed on. Either way, I would like to add his story to this site. Thank you!

  4. Pam says:

    I just read the article you wrote up on George Will – I LOVED IT!! I am one of his daughter’s and I learned so much about him and his Navy career reading your article. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview and write up the article – it’s great!!! Not just George’s article, but all the Vets. What a talent you have.


    1. Thank you, Pam. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the veterans!

  5. Pierre Lagacé says:

    I’m a retired teacher.
    Now (since 2005) a freelance translator, and a compulsive blogger about veterans since 2009.

  6. Patty B says:

    I also love history – I look forward to learning much from you! great article on “Rosie the Riveter” Jackie Hinson!

    1. Patty, Thank you! You may also like to read my blog, “Tales in the Tree,” also on wordpress.com where the Jackie Hinson post first appeared. All the posts are historical stories where at least one of the characters is an ancestor of mine. It is Talesinthetree.wordpress.com .

      1. Patty B says:

        Thanks I will check it out.

  7. Arthur William HINSON says:

    My grandfather, Arthur Hinson, is your great uncle. He lived with his sister Jackie while attending the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas in the late 1930’s.

    He joined the army as a chaplain and was part of the Western Front in France where he spent much of his time in the hospitals administering the last rites. I understand that he learned about the death of Francis “Son” Hinson from an injured soldier from his regiment.

    During the Battle of the Bulge he was briefly separated from his unit and was behind enemy lines. After the war I understand he spent some time in Czechoslovakia before returning to the US. He would retire from the Army as a Lt Colonel and would go on to be an executive officer of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

    That being said, he wrote quite a bit, but my mother has inexplicably thrown away some of his war letters that he wrote to my grandmother complaining they took too much space.

    Though not an interview, perhaps we can piece thru what is left to piece his story together.

    1. I would love to learn more about Uncle Arthur’s war experience. I have a photo of him in uniform, but have not posted about him yet. I’m not sure but I may have a letter or written page by him. I will look and see. When I was a child my family stayed with him and Aunt Margret on our way to Washington, DC to see Aunt Sug. Nice to meet you, Cousin!

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