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May 06, 2022 | Press Releases

Rep. Greg Steube Announces Veteran History Project Interview Featuring WWII Navy Veteran Richard Masin

WASHINGTON— U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today announced a new interview in the Veterans History Project Series – a way to feature the accomplishments and military careers of Florida’s 17th District veterans. This interview features World War II Navy Veteran, Motor Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer (MOMM2c) Richard Masin of Englewood, Florida.

“I thank MOMM2c Masin for sharing his story with my office and the Veterans History Project. It’s a rare privilege for Americans across the nation to be able to hear a first-hand account today from World War II. MOMM2c Masin’s story of service during this critical time period makes Florida proud and will be well preserved for future generations to look back on,” said Congressman Greg Steube.

“[Serving] was incredibly beneficial. I don’t know that I would have gone to college if I hadn’t been in the service with the G.I. bill. That made a really significant difference for my family,” said MOMM2c Masin during his interview. He also discussed several of his ship’s accomplishments during the war saying, “Believe it or not the ship I was on cut over 200 mines. Every time we cut a mine, we had a guy who would paint a hash mark on the stack of the ship, and he got it filled up. For five, he would paint one of them red – that’s how mines we cut!”

Please click here to watch the full interview and be sure to check Congressman Steube’s YouTube channel in the future for upcoming interviews.

The Office of Congressman Greg Steube will submit the interview to the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center to collect and retain the oral histories of our nation’s veterans.

Initially started in 2000, the Veterans History Project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of the United States military veterans and Gold Star Families so that future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better understand their service. Researchers, scholars, and educators rely upon VHP collections as a primary source. The oral histories, photographs, manuscripts, and other original materials supplement historical texts and valued cultural resources. Veterans from all branches and ranks of the United States military who served in World War I through the more recent conflicts are eligible to participate. For more information on the VHP, please visit https://www.loc.gov/vets/.

If you live in Florida’s 17th congressional district, please visit /vhp to participate.