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[Six Men Standing Among Palm Trees]

Description: Photograph of five uniformed Army soldiers and a man in a sports coat standing together among palm trees. The military men are identified from left to right as Ed Feron, Dan Melli, John Battles, Charles Awe, and Joseph Silverstone.
Date: June 8, 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

Oral History Interview with John Wilson, January 31, 2002

Description: Interview with John Wilson, an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Wilson was born in Illinois but attended high school in the Philippines after his father accepted an engineering position there. He graduated from high school in 1939 and then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, where he participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He graduated and took his commission in the Army in 1943. After Officer Candidate School (OCS), he was assigned to an engineering unit slated to participate in the invasion of the Philippines. He eventually landed on Luzon. On Luzon he was assigned temporary duty with a small Philippine Civil Affairs unit that was made up of officers and men who had relatives interned by the Japanese in the Philippines. His small unit made their way to Santo Tomas where he liberated many friends and old school mates. A few weeks later, Wilson liberated his father, a civilian internee at Los Banos. Wilson remained with his unit constructing hospitals in the Philippines in anticipation of the casualties expected from the invasion of the Japanese home islands.
Date: January 31, 2002
Creator: Pratt, Rick & Wilson, John
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Soldiers Posing Outside of Furst Chateau]

Description: Photograph of five uniformed American soldiers posing together outside of Furst Chateau, a two-story brick building with two rows of windows with shutters. Everett Roeder stands on a truck to the left. The men standing in the foreground are Dan Melli, John Battles, Nathan Levine, and John Vitolo.
Date: February 21, 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Soldiers Near a Casualty Clearing Station]

Description: Photograph of three uniformed U.S. Army soldiers standing in front of a casualty clearing station. Dan Melli rides a motorcycle in the foreground with John Battles and Nathan Levine behind him leaning against a stone wall. The casualty clearing station is a stone hospital building with two arched entryways.
Date: April 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum