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Oral History Interview with Albert Bouley, June 27, 2001

Description: Interview with Albert Bouley, a U. S. Marine during World War II. He discusses his enlistment in the Marines just after Pearl Harbor; his assignment to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division; the battle of Guadalcanal; malaria and dysentery; the battle of Cape Gloucester; the use of Pavuvu as a base; the battle of Peleliu; his return to the United States; guard duty at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and his service as an instructor in a heavy weapons school before the end of the war. He joined the Air Force 2 1/2 years later to be able to fly and work on planes, then retire to become a teacher in California, and finally settled in Texas.
Date: June 27, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Bouley, Albert
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Melvin Harmon, October 21, 2002

Description: Interview with Melvin Harmon, a paratrooper during World War II. He discusses his paratrooper training and his time on Guadalcanal, Bougainville and other battles in the Solomon Islands. He also contracted malaria.
Date: October 21, 2002
Creator: Morris, Cork & Harmon, Melvin
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Richard Bennett, November 15, 2001

Description: Interview with Richard (Dick) Bennett, a pilot during World War II. He discusses his enlistment in the Army Air Corps, basic training and flight school. He then went to a base in South Carolina to learn to fly B-25s. At Fort Myers, Florida he flew B-26 bombers and trained to fly them off of aircraft carriers so they could drop torpedos on the Japanese fleet during naval battles. He traveled across the Pacific to Brisbane only to be told that they didn't have B-26s for the crews; the colonel there knew nothing about the plan to launch B-26s from aircraft carriers, so they were sent to New Guinea to fly B-17s and supplement the crews for those bombers. From there they made bombing runs or "Washing Machine Charlie"-type runs to keep people awake at night on various Japanese targets in the islands, particularly the base at Rabaul. In fall of 1943, the Army grounded the B-17s due to the damage they had incurred and replaced them with B-24s. The men received manuals and were given only a few days to familiarize themselves with the new planes. They were then sent on bombing runs. He finished his tour of duty at the end of 1943, came back to the United States, and went on a War Bond drive throughout New York. He then went to Ohio to become a B-17 instructor, and traveled to various bases and training schools, including Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he visited only a day after the first atomic bomb test.
Date: November 15, 2001
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Bennett, Richard
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Soldier By a Creek]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified soldier standing by a creek in a New Guinea jungle.
Date: May 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Ullmann Kilgore in Military Uniform]

Description: Photograph of Ullmann Kilgore in his U.S. Navy Service Khaki uniform, which consists of a garrison cap, a jacket, a collared shirt, and a tie. According to accompanying information, Ullmann was a part of the 24th Seabee Battalion of the U.S. Navy, who were stationed in New Guinea at the time this photo was taken.
Date: 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: League City Helen Hall Library

[Photograph of Soldier with Binoculars]

Description: Photograph of a soldier in uniform holding a pair of binoculars up to his face, looking out to sea. Various Army buildings in a cleared patch of the forest can be seen in the background. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Myself in New Guinea looking at a convoy going up the coast, July 1944."
Date: July 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldiers and Man on Tank]

Description: Photograph of soldiers sitting around a tank with a man standing on it. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says "Lanny Ross in New Guinea."
Date: [1943..1946]
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Man Shaving Outside]

Description: Photograph of a shirtless man shaving outside on a makeshift wooden bench. Army equipment can be seen in the background. Handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Clean up time in New Guinea, July 1944."
Date: July 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldiers Cleaning Up]

Description: Photograph of the 44th Tank Battalion cleaning up the campsite where their tents were set up. A row of Army tanks can be seen in the background. Note on the back of the photograph reads, "Cleaning up after taking down our tents at Artillery School in New Guinea."
Date: July 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldier Washing Clothes]

Description: Photograph of a soldier crouching on the bank of a river washing clothes. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says "Wash day in New Guinea."
Date: May 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldier and Tank]

Description: Photograph of three soldiers standing in front of a tank marked "Pistol Packin Mama," with a tarp covering it.
Date: 1943
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldier Washing Clothes]

Description: Photograph of a soldier squatting on the bank of a river washing clothes. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says "Sgt. Asthalter washing clothes in New Guinea."
Date: May 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Gothic Building]

Description: Photograph taken in New Guinea of a tall Gothic building with an intricate fence surrounding the yard and a telephone pole out front.
Date: 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Soldier in Jungle]

Description: Photograph of a soldier in uniform standing in the jungle. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says "Cpl. Mauer in New Guinea jungle."
Date: May 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Portrait of Sergeant Tom P. Glass]

Description: Portrait of Sergeant Tom P. Glass posing in his military uniform. The text on the bottom of the photograph contains information about his birth and death dates/locations: "Tom P. Glass Sgt. Troop G. 112th [Cavalry] Born Sweetwater Jan 1920 Killed New Guinea Aug. 1944."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum

[Portrait of Charles Ince in Uniform]

Description: Portrait of Charles Ince of the 158th Infantry Regiment. The text on the bottom of the photograph contains information about his regiment, birth date and death date, and place of death: "Charles Ince, 158th Infantry Reg. [Born] December 31, 1924 Killed May 24, 1944 Dutch New Guinea."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum