Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Camp Croft, South Carolina; Swanage, England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; Italy; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class

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"Landed at 6:30 PM. Water up to our necks. Our boat almost got it manuevering [sic] into shore. Plenty of hell on the beach." (Diary, June 6, 1944)

For PFC Edward Duncan Cameron, known as “Dunc” to his family, D-Day was simply the beginning of a long slog through the European Theater. A rifleman who served with the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, he arrived in France after being stationed in North Africa, Sicily, and England. Though his unit weathered significant losses during the invasion, the rigors of combat only intensified as they moved through France and Belgium toward Germany. Wounded in action in September, 1944, Cameron wrote to his father, "The last few weeks before I got hit were the roughest we had encountered and that includes the beach-head."

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Telegram informing Cameron's parents of his wounding [10/7/1944] ]
[ Letter informing Cameron's mother of his improvement after being wounded and treated ]
[ Training certificate [5/29/1943] ]
[ Enlisted record and report of separation, including Honorable Discharge ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [3/11/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [3/14/1943] ]

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[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [n.d.] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [6/7/1943] ]
[ Letter to Dad from Edward Cameron [6/28/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [7/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [7/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" from Edward Cameron [7/23/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Betts" from Edward Cameron [7/25/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [8/7/1943] ]
[ Letter to Dad from Edward Cameron [8/8/1943] ]
[ Letter to sister from Edward Cameron [8/25/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [8/25/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [8/18/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [8/24/1943] ]
[ Photocopy of a V-Mail to "Muzz" [8/25/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [8/28/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" and Dad [9/5/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [9/10/1943] ]
[ Photocopy of a letter to "Betts" [9/10/1943 ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [9/1/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [9/17/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [9/26/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [9/27/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [9/27/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [10/3/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [11/11/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [11/10/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [11/11/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [11/13/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" and Dad [11/15/1943] ]
[ V-Mail to "Muzz" [11/17/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" and Dad [11/28/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" and Dad [12/26/1943] ]
[ Letter to "Muzz" [1/2/1944] ]
[ Letter to Dad [10/17/1944] ]
[ Photocopy of V-Mail to "Betts" [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Cameron's father to "My Dear Boy" [9/8/1944] ]
[ Letter from Cameron's father to "My Dear Boy" [9/23/1944] ]
[ Letter from Cameron's father to "My Dear Boy" [9/27/1944] ]
[ Letter from Cameron's father to "My Dear Boy" [10/1/1944] ]
[ Mother's Day card with 26th infantry insignia [n.d.] ]
[ Handwritten diary of Edward D. Cameron ]
[ Transcription of diary of Edward D. Cameron ]
[ Original poem by Edward Duncan Cameron, "D-Day" ]

About this Item

Title

  • Edward Duncan Cameron Collection

Names

  • Cameron, Edward Duncan
  • Cameron, Edward

State of Birth

  • PA

Home State

  • PA

Headings

  • -  Cameron, Edward Duncan
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Camp Croft, South Carolina; Swanage, England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; Italy; European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Private First Class
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1947
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [5 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1943 - 1947)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [33 items] -- Handwritten document (collected 03/1943 - 10/1944)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [4 items] -- Handwritten document (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Creative works [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1943 - 1944)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 1944)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/6555

Cite as

  • Edward Duncan Cameron Collection (AFC/2001/001/6555), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Additional Metadata Formats

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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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:

Cameron, Edward Duncan, and Edward Cameron. Edward Duncan Cameron Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.06555/.

APA citation style:

Cameron, E. D. & Cameron, E. (1943) Edward Duncan Cameron Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.06555/.

MLA citation style:

Cameron, Edward Duncan, and Edward Cameron. Edward Duncan Cameron Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.06555/>.