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Studio photograph of Paul R. Allen in uniform, smiling, holding gloves in his hand [detail]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Japan (occupation)
  • Highest Rank: Technician Four
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/11301

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"Here we were in the middle of Germany, with the war over—our job done." (Memoir, \\npage 16)

Though he was sworn into the Army in February 1943, it was almost two years before Paul Allen shipped out to the war zone. He had expected to go to the Pacific Theater after training in amphibious tactics in California, but the need for men in Europe after the Battle of the Bulge got him a bunk on a ship crossing the Atlantic in January 1945. He saw some action in the war's final days and was in Czechoslovakia on VE Day. Then he was shipped back home to prepare for the invasion of Japan, only to hear of the surrender while he was still in North Carolina. Nevertheless, he did spend five months with the occupying force in Japan.

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Letter of commendation to all members of the 97th Infantry Division, APO 445 [May 21, 1945] ]
[ Separation Qualification Record ]
[ Honorable Discharge certificate ]
[ Enlisted record and report of separation ]
[ History of the 386th Infantry Regiment ]
[ Memoir: Paul R. Allen "The War Years" ]

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[ Paul R. Allen: Thoughts on my military service ]
[ Chronology of the military service of Paul R. Allen ]

About this Item

Title

  • Paul R. Allen Collection

Names

  • Allen, Paul R.

Home State

  • Arizona

Headings

  • -  Allen, Paul R.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Japan (occupation)
    • Highest Rank: Technician Four
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Memoir [2 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Unit histories [1 item] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1945-1946)
  • Manuscript: Periodicals [6 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1943-1945)
  • Manuscript: Other Manuscript Material [1 item] -- (collected 1945-09-20)
  • Photograph: Digital print [6 items] -- Photographs (collected 1944-1945)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/11301

Cite as

  • Paul R. Allen Collection (AFC/2001/001/11301), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

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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/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), 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:

Allen, Paul R. Paul R. Allen Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.11301/.

APA citation style:

Allen, P. R. (1943) Paul R. Allen Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.11301/.

MLA citation style:

Allen, Paul R. Paul R. Allen Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.11301/>.