Dr. Fred H. Allison 

Oral historian



  • Oral History
  • Aviation History
  • Social/Religious History
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War 
  • Current Operations 


Dr. Allison has been the Marine Corps’ Oral Historian since 2000.  During this time, he has conducted approximately 1,100 interviews, including 29 multi-session, career-type interviews with general officers or distinguished Marines.  During his tenure, the oral history collection has grown by almost 8,000 interviews, added from a variety of sources.  He has also overseen the processing and data basing of these interviews and the digitization of most of the overall collection of about 35,000 total interviews.  In addition to this, he has written numerous articles, book reviews, and book projects. 


Compiler & Editor: We Were Going to Win or Die There, With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan, (University of North Texas Press, 2017).

Updated: Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 232 (MCU Press, 2016).         

Coeditor and compiler: Pathbreakers: US Marine African-American Officers In Their Own Words, (GPO, 2013).  

Contracting Officer Representative: 1912-2012: 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation, An Illustrated History, by Roxanne Kaufman (GPO, 2012).

Manuscripts in preparation: 

Getting Marine Aviation in the Marine Corps: Marine Corps Innovations in Close Air Support, 1942-1952 (Kentucky University Press, 2020)

Modern Marine Aviation, 1975-2012 (MCU Press, forthcoming)

Marine Corps University