Podcast Episode

This past spring, Micah Sander and Carter Green created the “Our Professor Podcast,” series, in which they interviewed Brooklyn College History Department faculty. The episode in which they interview me can be found here.

From the episode description:

“Carter and Micah had a chat with Professor Philip Napoli. 

Professor Philip Napoli is a historian of 20-century US social and public history and has been involved in collecting oral histories for 18 years. He received his BA from McGill and his MA and Phd from Columbia. He is the current Department Chair of the History Department.

He is the author of Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans, co-curator of “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” and was one of the chief researchers for Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation.”

Artwork by Layal Suliaman
Music by Nate Sander


Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study

Veterans Oral History Project IRB File # 2018-1058

This is an oral history research project focused on U.S. military veterans.

The purpose of this research is to:
1. Record, preserve and present to the public the memories of military veterans
2. Understand and interpret the long-term impact military service has had on veteran’s lives

At this time, I seek to interview women who deployed to a combat zone and took photographs.

I would like to interview you and talk about the photos you took.

The interview can take place in any location you are comfortable. It can be conducted over the telephone.

The interview will be open-ended but is not expected to last more than two hours.

You may end the interview at any time. There are no direct benefits to you for your participation in this research study.

If you agree to participate,
you will become a named author on the study.

To learn more about this research, contact:

Prof. Philip F. Napoli


1123a Boylan Hall Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210


Brooklyn College has posted a mini-documentary featuring me and two women who served in Vietnam. (Gotta say, I ain’t a TV natural!)

This was shot over a year ago, and it highlights two amazing women. Sue O’Neil was a nurse at the 27th Surgical Hospital in Vietnam, and Dr. Jeannie Christie served as a Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam

Veterans and Memory

Brooklyn College student Elizabeth Jefimova interviewed World War II veteran Seymour Kaplan on February 24, 2017, at Kaplan’s home in Brooklyn.

In this clip, Kaplan recalls how his willingness to tell his story of service was shut down. He did not speak of the war for fifty years. In my experience as an interviewer, I have often found that veterans are encouraged to be silent about what they have seen and done in war — often by their very own families.