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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

Plan de combat naval d'Algesiras.

Description: Map shows progression of the naval battle in 1802 at Algeciras in the Bay of Gibraltar off the coast of Spain; positions of French, Englilsh, and Spanish forces; towns, roads, fortifications, structures and ships. Includes legend. Relief shown by hachures and rock drawings. Depths shown by soundings. Scale not given.
Date: [1825..1845]
Creator: Tardieu, Ambroise, 1788-1841
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

[September Dates recorded and reported by Historian]

Description: A document that lists five important dates from the American Revolution including firsts in battle, the execution of Nathan Hale, and the end of the war. At the end is a mention of the celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day which commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Date: September 7, 2018
Creator: Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution, Arlington Chapter 7
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Sham Battle, Camp Mabry]

Description: Photograph of a sham battle being staged at Camp Mabry in 1895. In the right foreground are costumed men mounted on horses and standing/sitting on the ground. In the background are men lined up on the battlefield and, further back, encampments set up.
Date: 1895
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[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

[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

[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

[Speech delivered in memory of the Battle of San Jacinto]

Description: Speech delivered in the memory of all those who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto by Carlos E. Castañeda. The soldiers at the Battle of San Jacinto willingly sacrificed their lives to fight for the cause of liberty and freedom. The type-written copy of the speech contains hand-written edits by the author.
Date: unknown
Creator: Castañeda, Carlos E.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Taking a Shot]

Description: Photograph of a group of revolutionaries behind a building taking cover while one of their comrades shoots at the enemy. The man in the center of the photo is shooting while the man behind him is loading his rifle. The four men on the right hand side of the photo await their turn.
Date: [1910..1920]
Creator: Aultman, Otis A., 1874-1943
Partner: El Paso Public Library