Lt. Col. Paul Owen, West Point Class of '90, came back to the academy to tell his story about Iraq. Sitting before a video camera in his dress uniform, Owen described the oppressive heat, the "moon dust" sand, and a string of some 300 night raids in search of insurgents.


"We were quick," he said. "If they heard us coming, they'd flee."


Owen's recorded recollections will be transcribed and posted on the web as part of an ambitious oral history project under way at the U.S. Military Academy's new Center for Oral History. He is among some 150 soldiers--mostly West Point graduates--who

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