Launched on November 11, 1998, the Legacy Project is a national, all-volunteer initiative that encourages Americans to honor and remember those who have served—or are currently serving—this nation in wartime by seeking out and preserving their letters and e-mails home. We believe these personal messages offer unique insight into warfare and the thoughts and perspectives of those who have experienced it firsthand.

Wartime letters and e-mails are also powerful reminders that U.S. troops are not just soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen; they are husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. Every one of these individuals has a distinct voice and personality, and our mission is to preserve their stories—as expressed in their own words—for posterity.

The Legacy Project is looking for correspondence from all of America's wars and on any subject matter. We prefer previously unpublished material, but letters and e-mails that have already appeared in local newspapers, self-published books, and/or family web sites are all acceptable.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:



If you would like to contact the Legacy Project, please write to us at:

The Legacy Project
PO Box 53250
Washington, D.C. 20009

E-mails can be forwarded to:

If you are sending letters, please send a legible photocopy or typed transcript of the material. Make sure to include information on the serviceman or woman who wrote the letter (e.g., where he or she served, his or her rank, and any other important personal and/or background information), as well as your phone number and an address where we can contact you.

Please DO NOT send original letters unless you are planning on throwing away the material otherwise. We cannot return anything sent to us, unless we have specifically asked to borrow it for a special project or museum display. Also, it is not necessary to write to us asking if we are interested in your wartime correspondence. Due to staff and time constraints, it is very difficult for us to respond to these queries. If the letters or e-mails you wish to share are war-related, please assume that we will be interested in them.

Although we appreciate the generosity of those who have offered, the Legacy Project does not accept monetary donations. Nor do we solicit grants, government funding, or any other form of financial assistance. All administrative expenses are paid for by Legacy Project founder Andrew Carroll.

Please note: Due to the enormous volume of mail we receive it can take us several months or longer to respond. If you have sent material to the Legacy Project and not received a reply, it is most likely because we have been overwhelmed with mail. (In some cases we have had trouble reading a contributor's handwriting and have been unable to respond.) We appreciate every letter and e-mail sent to us, and we will continue to try and reply to every submission as quickly as possible.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.


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