The Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) Registration Project was initiated in 1998. Its principal mission is to register and honor American servicemen and servicewomen of Ukrainian heritage who have served honorably or are currently on active duty in the US Armed Forces. By the end of 2003 we had 3,115 recorded names, which included the names of registrants as well as names acquired from archival sources. The UAV Registration Project Report 1998–2003 Volume I, dedicated to World War II veterans, was released to coincide with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, on Memorial Day in 2004. Limited copies of this volume are still in stock in the Quartermaster Store. The UAV Registration Project is an ongoing and evolving project; Volume II, dedicated to Korean and Vietnam veterans, has been compiled and is projected for release in 2016. Future volumes will follow.
In conjunction with the dedication of the UAV National Monument at St. Andrew Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ, on October 3, 2015, our project became the UAV National Registry and our work continues.
By 2015, the number of fully documented registrants in the Registration Project exceeded 1500; with the names added from archival sources, our listing has increased to almost 18,000 names. But this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, as it has been estimated that more than 200,000 Ukrainian Americans served in World War II alone. There is no fee to register, and you do not have to be a member of the UAV to do so.
Registration is mandatory for UAV members, as specified in the UAV Constitution and Bylaws. A copy of DD Form 214 (separation document or equivalent) must be submitted with each registration.
We have a long way to go and need the help of the Ukrainian-American community. We request that you tell your relatives and friends about our continuing project and encourage them to register. You may register your loved ones as well. Don’t let them be forgotten! The contribution of American veterans of Ukrainian heritage to the US Military history needs to be told. You can help! Please download the registration form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress
As an Official Partner of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, the UAV has participated in collecting information about Ukrainian American veterans from the following:
- World War I (1914–1920)
- World War II (1939–1946)
- Cold War
- Korean War (1950–1955)
- Vietnam War (1959–1975)
- the Persian Gulf War (1990–1995)
- the Global War on Terrorism (2001–), the war in Afghanistan (2001–present)
- Iraq War (2003–2011)
Our main objective is to collect first-hand oral accounts of American veterans of Ukrainian heritage and to submit these to the Library of Congress. Official Partners are given credit for each oral history submitted. If you are an honorably discharged veteran of US Armed Forces and want your military experience to be on record, please contact us at email@example.com or write to the address below.