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About the Historian

Dr. Vernon L. Williams is a military and naval historian. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1985. He is currently serving as President of the Old Primero Historical Foundation and Director of the East Anglia Air War Project. Before 2018 he spent thirty years as professor of history in the Department of History at Abilene Christian University. Since 2001 Dr. Williams has been working to document the wartime experiences of American and British citizens alike. Planned outcomes from this project include several books over the next few years and a number of documentary films.

Currently, Dr. Williams is writing a volume on the sense of community that developed between the Americans and British families living in villages around the American bases. The working title for the book is: Crucible of War: The Anglo/American Exchange in World War II England, 1942-1945. Williams’ first documentary film, Deopham Green, appeared in 2004 and since that time, he has produced and directed eighteen documentaries on various subjects.

You can visit to find information on the films that are currently available and learn about others that are now in the production and pre-production stages. For over a decade Dr. Williams’ university students have also produced a series of short documentary films on wartime England that are gifted to British schools and museums for use in teaching current generations of British students about World War II in England. 

Academic Background

Ph.D., 1985
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Major: American Military and Naval History
Minors: American West and Nautical Archaeology

M.A., 1981
Southwest Texas State University

M.Ed., 1975
Southwest Texas State University

B.A., 1970
Abilene Christian College

Professional Honors

  • Professional Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences, May 2015.
  • Appointed Historian and Board of Directors, 306th Bomb Group Association, 2007-2014
  • Elected President, Texas Oral History Association, 2007-2008
  • First Place for Best Documentary for 2004, Deopham Green: The Saga of the 452nd Bomb Group in World War II, Vernon L. Williams, Producer/Director, National Broadcasting Society annual meeting and competition, Los Angeles, California, March 2005.
  • Selected for a 2003-2004 Faculty Renewal Leave for work on the East Anglia Air War study.
  • The Areta Award for Civic and Moral Excellence, Abilene Education Council, 2002.
  • The Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence for Community History Projects, awarded for work on the 12th Armored Division Oral History Project, Texas Oral History Association, 2002.
  • Professional Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences, May 2002.