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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: Army Airways Communication System (AACS)
  • Location of Service: Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chanute Field, Illinois; Allahabad, Gaya, Karachi and Bangalore, India
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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"I had some interesting times in Karachi because in my usual way I was more interested in interacting with Indians than with other soldiers." (Video Interview, Part 2, 25:30)

Fresh out of Amherst College in June 1942, John Rather joined the Army and parlayed a course he had taken in school to become a specialist in cryptography and cryptanalysis. (His interview explains the difference.) His first duty station would be Allahabad, India, best known as the hometown of that country's emerging political leader, Jawaharlal Nehru. The four men in his group sent and received coded transmissions regarding the movements of the Air Transport Command, the American planes flying "over the hump" to and from Burma. Rather used his free time to make friends with the locals and immerse himself in the culture. He contracted polio but did not suffer grievously and remained in India until he was pronounced cured.

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About this Item

Title

  • John Carson Rather Collection

Names

  • Library of Congress
  • Rather, John Carson
  • Rouse, Sarah

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • MD

Headings

  • -  Rather, John Carson
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Unit of Service: Army Airways Communication System (AACS)
    • Location of Service: Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chanute Field, Illinois; Allahabad, Gaya, Karachi and Bangalore, India
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: MiniDV [3 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 2005)
  • Photograph: Digital print [2 items] -- Photograph (collected 1944)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 11/30/2007)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/29476

Cite as

  • John Carson Rather Collection (AFC/2001/001/29476), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

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:

Library Of Congress, John Carson Rather, and Sarah Rouse. John Carson Rather Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.29476/.

APA citation style:

Library Of Congress, Rather, J. C. & Rouse, S. (1942) John Carson Rather Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.29476/.

MLA citation style:

Library Of Congress, John Carson Rather, and Sarah Rouse. John Carson Rather Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.29476/>.