Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 161st Photographic Company; Signal Corps
  • Location of Service: Fort Benning, Georgia; Pacific Theater; Philippines; Japan
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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“This was a very emotional moment for MacArthur and he wanted to let the Filipinos know he had set foot on their land.”

Armed with a camera, professional photographer turned soldier Charles Restifo waded into some of the most intense action in the Pacific Theater of World War II. His job was to record the war in pictures, and for much of his time in service, he had an irresistible subject: the flamboyant and controversial General Douglas MacArthur. Restifo was there when MacArthur made his triumphant return to the islands, but more importantly, he brought back rare pictures of actual combat and was one of the first photographers allowed into Hiroshima after August 6, 1945.

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ The Autobiography of Charles R. Restifo ]
[ Postcard from Charles Restifo to Mr. T. Restifo, August 25, 1942. ]
[ Postcard from Charles Restifo to Rose and Tony, March 19, 1943. ]
[ Letter to Rose and Tony, March 11, 1943. ]
[ Letter to Mother, August 15, 1943. ]
[ Letter to "Folks", April 5, 1944. ]

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[ Letter to "Folks", April 24, 1944. ]
[ Letter to "Folks," May 9, 1945. ]
[ Letter to "Folks," September 2, 1945. ]

About this Item

Title

  • Charles Rosario Restifo Collection

Names

  • Restifo, Beatrice
  • Restifo, Charles Rosario

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • CA

Headings

  • -  Restifo, Charles Rosario
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 161st Photographic Company; Signal Corps
    • Location of Service: Fort Benning, Georgia; Pacific Theater; Philippines; Japan
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Correspondence [10 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1942 - 1945)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [38 items] -- Photograph (collected 1942 - 1945)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/5849

Cite as

  • Charles Rosario Restifo Collection (AFC/2001/001/5849), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Restifo, Beatrice, and Charles Rosario Restifo. Charles Rosario Restifo Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05849/.

APA citation style:

Restifo, B. & Restifo, C. R. (1942) Charles Rosario Restifo Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05849/.

MLA citation style:

Restifo, Beatrice, and Charles Rosario Restifo. Charles Rosario Restifo Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05849/>.