April 20, 2017 | Vol. 133 No. 1

Veterans History Project

Samuel House, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Operation Enduring Freedom

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

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Samuel House (Sam) is from Tilden, Nebraska. Sam wanted to be in the US Army. He had researched some items that might be in his future including joining early. He learned that the National Guard had an option that appealed to him. It was called the split-option enlistment.

On completion of his junior year in high school, he could go to basic train...

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