Ft. Bragg Stories

Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division wait after being fitted with parachutes for an upcoming training jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 26, 2017.
Credit MATT COUCH / WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio

WUNC wants to hear your stories about Ft. Bragg’s first 100 years.  We’re gathering first-person accounts of life on and around the post – from the World Wars to the 21st century. 

We’ve partnered with The Fayetteville Observer and WUNC’s American Homefront Project, a national initiative that reports on military and veterans issues for public radio. We’re collecting your stories now. We’ll broadcast and publish them on WUNC, in the Fayetteville Observer, and online.

We’ll also host a storytelling session Saturday, Nov. 4 the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville.  The free public event will feature a curated hour of your stories, as told by veterans, active duty service members, and other people in the Ft. Bragg community.  It will begin just after the  Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade.

Have a story to share?  Get started by filling out our form.

Ways to Connect

William Weaver was 14 and a rising high school sophomore in the fall of 1964.

He was also one of 14 black students integrating the all-white West High School in Knoxville, Tenn.

"As soon as we got into the school, the principal was calling the roll. He said, 'Bill Weaver,' and I said, 'My name is William.' And he said, 'Oh, you're a smart N-word.' I'd been in school maybe 30 minutes and he suspended me," Weaver, 67, says, while recounting his first day at school during a recent visit to StoryCorps.