SERVING IN THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION--WORLD WAR I
Corporal Vincent Cornelius Reed served in the 358th Infantry,
90th Division, Army of Occupation, American Expedition Forces,
between April 30, 1918 and June 16, 1919. In this wartime diary,
Reed recounts his experiences in Germany and France. "After
seeing so many of the German people and living in their houses,
we came to have a different impression of them than we had had
before. . . . When we stopped overnight in any of the towns the
people would bring us hot dishes of some sort." The newspaper
article shows Corporal Reed reviewing his World War I collection.
His diary and other papers were donated by James R. Reed, his
IN FULL FLIGHT GEAR, READY TO GO
Early in the war, Joe Thompson, Jr., Major, U.S. Air
Force, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Squad 9th Air Force,
joined the British Royal Air Force to gain experience
and training. He flew missions over Normandy, Belgium,
and Germany from bases in continental Europe. Thompson
donated eighteen photographs with extensive narratives
describing his missions and the pilots that served with
him, such as this description of a fellow pilot, Keller: "This
in one picture captures a measure of the happy-go-lucky
energy of field pilots of the day. . . . on the second
day of the landings, he was making a flight across the
channel and was shot down by an American destroyer. And
the plane hit the water and he had about 15 seconds to
get out of that plane. And he did so."
stands on a truck wearing full flight gear,
smoking a cigarette."
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Joe Thompson, Jr., Collection,
Veterans History Project (49)
Days, 25th Division on Luzon."
Bound drawings with inscriptions.
George Rhea Collection,
Veterans History Project (50)
BATTLE FOR THE PHILIPPINES
George Rhea, Technical 4th Grade, U.S. Army, 27th Infantry,
25th Division was given this book of drawings by William
de Jarnette Rutherford, titled "165 Days, 25th Division
on Luzon." Some of the original ink drawings with captions
have additional handwritten inscriptions, possibly by
Rhea, describing the war. George Rhea donated this collection
through the offices of Senator Richard G. Lugar.
LIFE IN THE JUNGLE
Samuel Boylston's pursuit of his art was remembered
by his friend Gerald Duquette. "There were many
boring leisure hours in the jungle, and my friend spent
many of these hours pursing his hobby of artistry. He
had a keen imagination, and his many cartoons were very
much enjoyed by all of us. Drawing cartoons of the many
happenings of our jungle life, he incorporated them in
the addresses on the envelopes of our letters to our
folks at home. (Also see items 63-65) They never failed
to amuse everyone who saw them. My wife kept every one
I mailed to her. Every cartoon envelope bears a story
of our adventures overseas."
of Samuel Boylston.
Samuel Boylston Collection,
Veterans History Project (51)
of Samuel Boylston in uniform]
Samuel Boylston Collection,
Veterans History Project (65.1)
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Earl Pierson, U.S. Air Force, 1st
Air Commando Group, 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, a combat
pilot in Vietnam, served with the Air Force for more than twenty
years. He kept several diaries, three of which are displayed,
in which he logged his combat support missions and travels. An
excerpt from his Viet Nam Log for Wednesday, July 10, 1963, says, "I
put a 'Than Ho' on the nose of #367 with a grease pencil. Then
Jim Ahmann came out and sketched some outlines for tiger teeth
and eyes on #364. As soon as we can find some paint we'll paint
the tiger teeth and eyes on all 5 of our airplanes. By the way,
'Than' means one who is in heaven and 'Ho' means male tiger." Pierson
donated his diaries, photographs, and maps to the Veterans History
PACIFIC THEATER DIARY
Sergeant Joseph Steinbacher, U.S. Army, 169th Infantry, 43rd
Infantry Division, 6th Division, served in New Guinea, New Caledonia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, and Japan. His journal "Nine
Lives: The Journal of an American Soldier" describes in detail
his survival of two years in the jungles of New Guinea, the invasion
of the Philippines, and the occupation of Japan. The diary and
photos were donated by Joseph Steinbacher. His title comes from
I lay down in my shallow trench and stared up at the evening
sky. I had chopped through a nest of little red ants and they
were really biting me. I mashed hundreds and finally got rid
of most of them. I felt just like one of those little ants.
If I didn't get killed in this damn war I would really need
a lot of luck and probably some help from the almighty. I thought
about a cat and how they are supposed to have nine lives. Well,
if I had been a cat, I would probably have used up three of
my nine lives already.
WORLD WAR I DIARY
Carol J. Albertson found the diary of Captain Harry B. Smith,
86th Division, 311th Ammunition Train, at a book sale. She bought
the diary, transcribed it, and donated the diary to the Veterans
History Project. In her letter, above, to staff member Jason
Lee of the Veterans History Project, she describes how she contacted
the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis to find more information
on Harry B. Smith and, if possible, return the diary. However,
Smith's records were destroyed in a fire in July, 1973. An excerpt
from the diary for October 5, 1919, reads:
Blowing a terrific gale and whole convoy is lost. We are alone
and rolling very dangerously. Water pouring over decks and can't
walk or sit without holding on. Music room furniture and dishes
are breaking. More men dying. 120 mile wind blowing and barometer
very low. Waves at least 50 feet high. Some say 75 feet. Frightful
weather. No ships in sight. We are lost. Captain can't get bearings
and we are moving just enough to head into the waves.
A TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Karen Mart-Taverna copied and bound the letters of her husband
Larry Mart, Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry,
She included the letters and photographs with the following
For Larry, who came home to me because God was his point
for serving his country. For all Vietnam veterans, who
also endured the atrocities of war.
The cover of this volume, reproduced and enlarged, is shown
The opening shows two examples of Larry Mart's handwritten letters
to his wife.
WE LIVE AMONG HEROS
This collection of oral histories with photos of Eastern
Shore veterans was a community-wide effort carried out
by a volunteer committee of World War II Veterans coordinated
by Sylvia Bradley for the Westside Historical Society
and donated by Sylvia Bradley. This book commemorates
the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II and
the contributions made by local veterans to the war effort.
Live Among Heroes: A Commemorative of Wicomico County's
World War Two Veterans."
Westside Historical Society, Inc. Collection
Veterans History Project (97)
Mighty A" and The Men
Who Made Her Mighty.
Edward J. Suchy, Sr. Collection
Veterans History Project (98)
Edward J. Suchy, Sr., served on "The Mighty A," the
USS Alabama, as machinist mate third class. His ship
is now a museum at Battleship Park in Mobile, Alabama.
Suchy and other crew members contributed their stories
to Rebecca Bundy Brown and Heidi Bundy Brown. The stories
were published in the book, "The Mighty A" and
the Men Who Made Her Mighty.
THE MILITARY POLICE
Major Bertran F. Wallace was part of the U.S. Army, 743rd Military
Police Battalion. His unit integrated the Army. He served in
Africa and Italy during World War II and the Korean War. Displayed
is the yearbook from his military police battalion. His picture,
as part of the choir, is also shown. Major Wallace is at the
far left. The yearbook was donated by Major Wallace.
THE WAR IN NORTH AFRICA
During World War II, Virginia F. Higgins, First Lieutenant,
Nurse Corps, U.S. Army served in Africa and Italy. This veteran's
story is told completely in photographs. She compiled two albums
of 100 photographs of her patients, friends, local people, and
travel and military experiences. One album shows a German cemetery
in North Africa, and the other includes photographs of Lieutenant
Higgins with various locales she visited. Her niece Claribel
Regimbal donated these albums as well as negatives and the discharge
papers of Lieutenant Higgins.