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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
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with James William Harrison, January 27, 2005

Description: Interview with James William "Bill" Harrison, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He explains how he joined the navy in San Diego without going to boot camp. He worked on an oil tanker that shipped out to Pearl Harbor a month after the attack there and transported fuel out of San Diego to various ships at sea. He was then transfered to Admiral Nimitz's public relations department. There he and two others wrote stories about the action in the Pacific theater, particularly about the Battle of Midway. They also contributed to a radio show and worked with the national press corps. He then worked at the Naval Air Station in Seattle before traveling to Hilo, Hawaii to meet with soldiers who had returned from Tarawa. In Texas, he attended officer training school and college at Southwestern University. After the war ended, he studied at the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma for law school. He recalls an incident in which his office released a story about a cat that had kittens on board a cruiser; they reported this good news from the Pacific prior to the Battle of Midway. He also met Admirals Nimitz and Byrd, typed up a letter for Elliott Roosevelt to his father (without knowing at the time that he was President Roosevelt's son), and received a ride from shipbuilder and Kaiser Permanente founder Henry J. Kaiser while hitchhiking during leave.
Date: January 27, 2005
Creator: Parish, Brainerd & Harrison, James William
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[American Tank Crossing Pontoon Bridge at Over the Rhine River]

Description: Photograph of an American tank crossing a pontoon bridge that spans the Rhine River. Soldiers can be seen on top of the tank and walking along the bridge. Remnants of a stone bridge can be seen in the river to the right. These piles of rubble lead up to an ornate bridge archway. The stone archway has a damaged roof and two turrets that would have framed the bridge.
Date: March 27, 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Dog Tags and Awards]

Description: Photograph of Eugene J. Ward's dog tags and several awards on a red surface. The text on the photo reads: "General Orders number 81 July 27, 1945 Award of the Bronze Star Medal to : Eugene J Ward 32523540, Technician Fifth Grade (then Private First Class), Company B, 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, for Heroic Achievement on 31 March 1945 in the vicinity of Boxberg Germany. During an attack on Boxberg an order was given to bring ammunition up on foot as it was deemed impossible to drive a vehicle through the enemy artillery barrage, Technician Fifth Grade Ward, driver of the ammunition Half-track, voluntarily loaded his Half-track with ammunition and drove it successfully through intense fire to the designated positions. This action was strongly instrumental in successfully carrying out the attack. Entered military service from New York, New York".
Date: July 27, 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Eugene Ward]

Description: Photograph of Eugene J. Ward in his military uniform, with a photograph of a bronze star medal inset to the right. The text on the photograph reads: "17th Armored Infantry Battalion. Eugene J Ward T5 Halftrack Driver for B Company of 17th Armored Infantry Battalion Bronze Star Recipient".
Date: July 27, 1945
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, May 27, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on May 27, 1944. He is glad to finally hear news of his mother after her surgery from his father and Aunt Lucile, and urges Clara to write him as soon as she is able. He also complains about the heat of the Italian summer.
Date: May 27, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, October 27, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on October 27, 1944. He is glad they got the pictures he sent them, and explains that the mail has been held up for a while. He also complains about the rain in Italy, but is glad that his tent has a floor and a stove.
Date: October 27, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, February 27, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on February 27, 1944. He explains that each soldier is allotted three Cokes a week starting March 1, and realizes that he's forgotten the taste. He went to see a movie and enjoyed it, and plans on going to a church service that night.
Date: February 27, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Photograph of 56th Armored Infantry Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "11 Nov 43 - 3 Dec 45. Combat Commanders: Lt. Col. Louis L. Ingram, Lt. Col. Jean G. Norton. This monument is erected, not only in honor of the dead, but to the glory of all those who took part in the battles of the 56th Infantry Battalion, the dead and the survivors. Killed in action-232."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 92nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 92nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Dedicated to the men of the 92nd Cavalry who fought bravely to uphold the democratic principles of our country and to those men who made the ultimate sacrifice. 43 KIA, 131 WIA, 2 MIA."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 12th Armored Division Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 12th Armored Division memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the stone's plaque says "12th Armored Division 'Hellcats' 15 September 1942 - 17 December 1945. Commanding Generals M/G C. Brewer, M/G D. T. Greene, M/G R. R. Allen, B/G W. A. Holbrook, Jr."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 23rd Tank Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of a plaque on the 23rd Tank Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says, "15 Sept 42 - 3 Dec 45. This monument honors all who served in the 23rd Tank Battalion and is dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice defending their country. May they rest in peace. Wartime commanders: Ltc. M.C. Meigs, Maj. W.R. Comfort, Ltc. E.D. Lucas, Maj. J.W. Schrader, Capt. J.P. Fortenberry, Ltc. K.G. Clow, Maj. W.A. Edwards. KIA: 41, WIA: 213, MIA: 36. Presidential Unit Citation, 3rd Platoon Company A - Rimling, France."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 82nd Armored Medical Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 82nd Armored Medical Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Meritorious service award, supporting division troops. Ardennes - Alsace, Rhineland Central Europe. Dec 5, 1944 May 8, 1945."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 152nd Armored Signal Company Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of 152nd Armored Signal Company memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "'Resolute to Achieve.' Combat Officers: Lt. Col. Richard M. King, Division Signal Officer, Major William J. Cure, Asst. Division Signal Officer, Capt. John T. Hagood, Company Commander. Dedicated to all members of the company who served with pride, honor and devotion."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Lt. Col. Harold M. Crawford. Killed in action: 12. To the officers and men who served our country in its struggle for freedom, dignity and equality for all under God we dedicate this memorial."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 44th Tank Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 44th Tank Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Activated 15 Sep 1942, relieved 12th Armored Division 11 Nov 1943, Inactivated 10 May 1946. Battalion commanders: Lt. Col. Tom H. Ross - Nov 43 - Feb 45 KIA, Lt. Col. William W. Barksdale - Feb 45, Maj. William P. Meredith - July 45. Tennessee 1942 to Tokyo 1945, by way of New Guinea, Bismark, Archipelago, Morotai, Leyte, Luzon, Philippines, Japan. U.S. Presidential Unit Citation, Company B and C. Philippines Presidential Unit Citation, 44th Tank Battalion."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 495th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 495th Armored Field Artillery Battalion memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "15 Sep 1942 - 4 Dec 1945. Battalion commanders Lt. Col. Robert Bahr, Lt. Col. Richard Hockman. We dedicate this marker as a tribute to those men of the 495th who served in combat during World War II and as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the service of their country. Killed in action: Joseph Finn, Charles Hancock, John Karnash, Leonard Klatt, George Lindley, Victor Malmrose, Maurice Pulley, Warner Purvis, Jr., Robert Schwartz, Richard Starr, Robert Wilson."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum