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[Lauingen Bridge on Danube River]

Description: Photograph of Lauingen Bridge on the Danube River, taken by A. J. Wagenknect, a member of Company B, 56th Armored Infantry Batallion, of the 12th Armored Division.
Date: April 22, 1945
Creator: A. J. Wagenkneckt
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

Schloß Taxis mit Dischingen vom Flugzeug aus

Description: Postcard featuring an aerial view of Schloß Taxis and the surrounding area. Schloß Taxis is a castle with a large primary building that is surrounded by smaller secondary buildings. A forest is visible to the right, and a village in the background is located among vast expanses of fields.
Date: unknown
Creator: A. Weber & Co.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Valin Woodward and His Airplane]

Description: Photograph of Lieutenant Colonel Valin Woodward in front of his airplane. He is wearing his bomber jacket and a baseball style hat.
Date: August 1955
Creator: Air Force Photography
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

Oral History Interview with Mary Steele Leon, April 15, 1997

Description: Interview with Mary Steele Leon, a secretary for the U. S. Navy during and after World War II. She joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and was trained as a secretary. Her first assignment was in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during World War II. The CNO at the time was Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. After the war, she served as personal secretary for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz while he was CNO. She was discharged in 1946.
Date: April 15, 1997
Creator: Alexander, Bill & Leon, Mary Steele
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Arlington High School Class of 1939]

Description: Photograph of all graduates of Arlington High School Class of 1939. All graduates are named individually. Some names have awards listed next to them. Awards include: Athletics-Ben Love, Valedictorian-Faye Nation, Athletics-Elsie Lowe, Scholarship-Frank Wallace, Superintendent-Ben Everitt, Secretary of Treasury and Popularity-Martha J. Hornaday, Popularity-Forrest Green, Sponsor-Elizabeth Geer, Principal-W. R. Windish, Queen-Lois Herbert, Salutatorian-Mary L. Pemberton, Prettiest-Anna Lou Williams, Best Looking-Roy Post, President-Tom Elder, Vice-President-Maurice Duncan.
Date: 1939
Creator: Arlington High School
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

[The Colt, January 7, 1943]

Description: Service Men's issue of the Arlington High School's newspaper The Colt, on January 7, 1943. The issue celebrates the Arlington High alumni fighting in World War II.
Date: January 7, 1943
Creator: Arlington High School
Item Type: Newspaper
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

[Certificate of Proficiency, Frank W. Gardner]

Description: Certificate awarded to Frank W. Gardner. It reads: "Army Air Forces Combat Crew School, Tarrant Field, Texas. Pilot Transition Training. Certificate of Proficiency. This is to certify that Frank W. Gardner, 2nd Lt., A. C. has successfully completed a course of instruction in Pilot Training and Ground Technical Instruction on B-24 D type equipment and is awarded this certificate in testimony thereof." It is signed by Louis R. Hughes, Jr., Lt. Col., A. C., Director of Training, and James S. Stowell, Col., A. C., Commanding Officer.
Date: 1940~/1949~
Creator: Army Air Forces Combat Crew School
Item Type: Text
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

[Letter from Woodrow W. Aten to Helen H. Aten]

Description: Letter from Woodrow W. Aten in New York, New York to Helen H. Aten in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in which he speaks of his travels in the Atlantic Ocean on a ship.
Date: [1941..1943]
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Abilene State Park]

Description: Postcard of a stone stairway leading up a grassy hill to a long building. Typed text on the postcard says "Approach to Recreation Center, Abilene State Park, Abilene, Texas." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Barkeley says "Dear Helen and all: This is the state park of Abilene- about 20 miles away from the city. Received that great post card yesterday. Glad to hear the candy arrived safely and was enjoyed. As ever "Woodrow."
Date: May 16, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Abilene, Texas Post Office and Court House]

Description: Postcard of a large yellow building, with text that says "United States Post Office, Abilene, Texas." A handwritten note addressed to Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Dear Helen and All, Seems as tho you are getting quite a number of cards in the mail so I will send a few of Abilene. Received your card today. Have read some of Ernie Pyles columns in the Fort Worth paper. Tonite it is a bit cooler. than usual. Had another piece of watermelon. Bro Woodrow."
Date: August 4, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Aetna Life Affiliated Companies Home Office]

Description: Postcard of the Aetna Life Affiliated Companies home office: a large, red building in Hartford, Connecticut. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Campbell says "Dear Helen and All. How is this for a delayed card. My supply is almost exhausted now. I still have one more of these. 'Tis quite warm now- in fact hot. My radio is going swell now. So long, Woodrow."
Date: November 19, 1942
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of American Flag]

Description: Postcard of an American Flag, with text that says "Stars and Stripes Forever." Typed text on the back of the photo says "Red is for fervent courage and zeal. White is for purity, cleanness of life. Blue is for loyalty and friendship's devotion. Justice and truth against malice and strife." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten in Bloomsburg, PA says "Hello All- Swell day here at Camp Andres usual went for the weekly boat ride. In fact it was quite hot and I had my field jacket off. Days are passing very rapidly and I do enjoy them very much. Received your card and Fred's letter. Tonite I am in Camp and it is almost 9:00. Therefore the scribbling. Tell Fred the egg is all gone and was delicious. Woody."
Date: 1942
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Austin Peay Normal School]

Description: Postcard of the buildings of Austin Peay Normal School in Clarksville, Tennessee. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Campbell says "Dear sis - From Fred's card I received you are under the weather a bit but by now no doubt out again. Last nite Crews and I were in Nashville - therefore no letters. He is officer of the day from Sat. noon to Sun. noon this week therefore we won't be going anywhere I guess. It has been unusually cool here all week. Everything is well. Woodie."
Date: September 1942
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Bluebonnet Field]

Description: Postcard of a field of bluebonnets, with text that says "Blue Bonnets, The State Flower of Texas." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Barkeley says "Dear Helen and all- Here are the Bluebonnets but have not seen any yet that we are certain that they are the right ones. This is Sunday and a real fine day- Warm and a nice breeze. As ever, Woodrow."
Date: May 14, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Camp Barkeley Parade Grounds]

Description: Postcard of soldiers marching on the parade grounds at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, Texas. A handwritten note addressed to Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Hello all- Received your letter yesterday & am glad to hear you are still all ok. It was approx 1850 miles down here. Arrived in good time Saturday. Rained most of this week and [?] of cold. Bought 8FL of antifreeze tonite (alcohol base) it is quite scarce here. Woodrow."
Date: December 10, 1943
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Camp Barkeley, Texas]

Description: Postcard with text that says "Greetings from Camp Barkeley Texas." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Barkeley says "Dear Helen and all - The radio is playing Mary Doats. Today was chilly but by tonite the sun came out and looks as if we might have a nice day tomorrow. Listened to Jack Benny Sunday- Kay Kaycer is now on. Had a pint of ice cream tonite. Bro Woodrow."
Date: March 1, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Camp Campbell Building]

Description: Postcard of a building with Army vehicles parked outside, and text that says "Service Club No. 2, Camp Campbell, Ky.-Tenn." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Hello all. Winter is here again. The bivouac ended Saturday morning. We had our racing day and everything was OK. The pup tents really do the job. That box Tuesday really gave me and the others something to chew on. Today it is quite cold but very clear. I worked most of this day. Tonite I think I will walk over to a show. Bro. Woodrow."
Date: February 14, 1943
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Camp Campbell Officers' Club]

Description: Postcard of the Officers' Club at Camp Campbell. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Hello all. Up a little earlier. Today will go out in Camp and look for a place to bivouac. It is almost like looking for a site for a house etc. The weather continues very pleasant. I guess our weather is over by now. Woodrow."
Date: February 24, 1943
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Chanctonbury Ring in Washington, Sussex]

Description: Postcard with an illustration of a town in the country, with a horse pulling a cart on the street. Typed text on the back of the photo says "Chanctonbury Ring, Washington, Sussex." A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania says, "Dear Helen and all. This is a typical scene of this country and represents it quite well. The fireplace is doing quite well and we just had a little food with some toasted bread over the fire place. Snowing a bit out now. Bro Woodward, Woodrow W. Aten."
Date: November 14, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Clarksville, Tennessee and Cumberland River]

Description: Postcard of Clarksville, Tennessee, seen from a distance on the banks of the Cumberland River. A handwritten note addressed to Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten at Camp Campbell says "Hello all- This is quite a warm day again. I cleaned the room and took it quite easy this week end. I went to church this morning and may go in Clarksville tonite for the first time. That tank pencil sharpener is just the thing I am sure. You must have had a swell Easter, I did too. Bro. Woodrow."
Date: May 1943
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Cleveland Public Square]

Description: Postcard of a public square in Cleveland, Ohio, facing southeast, with buildings, a monument, and many cars in and around the square. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten says "Lt. W. W. Aten, Camp Perry Ohio, Cleveland, Sun Morn, Sept 6, 42. This is a cut of Cleveland and it does seem like quite a nice place. We went to a show last night and saw Ted Lewis- orchestra on the stage and a real big picture. I guess I slept thru part of it. Cleveland is 82 miles from camp. We will soon be sight seeing and I hope its good. Your Bro, Woodrow."
Date: September 6, 1942
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Crab Orchard Lake, Marion, Illinois]

Description: Postcard of a group of people standing on a dock and swimming nearby in Crab Orchard Lake at Marion, Illinois. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says, "Hello all. Will probably arrive Thursday- trip has been fine so far. Am stopping off to see Lt. Crews. He is still alive. Woodrow."
Date: June 19, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Ford's Restaurant in Aberdeen, Maryland]

Description: Postcard of Ford's Restaurant on U.S. Route 40 in Aberdeen, Maryland. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Hello All. The weather is a bit warmer here now. This is the first day & it is quite interesting. We came to Aberdeen tonite. My address here is- Bomb Disposal School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Woodrow."
Date: May 17, 1943
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Postcard of Fort Phantom Hill]

Description: Postcard of Fort Phantom Hill in Abilene, Texas. A handwritten note addressed to Miss Helen H. Aten from Woodrow W. Aten says "Dear Helen and all- Was on a picnic today and climbed Castle Peak and have a little sun burn as a [?] of the very nice day. We have had several hard showers including a little hail. Things have turned green again. Doesn't take long for them to turn brown. As ever, Woodrow."
Date: May 21, 1944
Creator: Aten, Woodrow W.
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum