Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service: Amphibious Force; USS LST-375 (Landing Ship Tank)
  • Location of Service: Little Creek, Virginia; Cornwall, England; Omaha Beach, Normandy, France; Washington, DC; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant

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"We are safe and hearty." (Telegram from John William Boehne III to his father, 6/23/1944)

The son of a U.S. Congressman from Indiana, Lieutenant John William Boehne III enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and served with the Amphibious Corps. While his memoir recounts his experiences on D-Day aboard USS LST-375 (Landing Ship Tank), and the carnage he witnessed on the beach, his original letters and scrapbook present another facet of his story--that of his time stationed in England before the invasion. Maps of London, ticket stubs, menus, and postcards provide a sense of his travels and pub crawls throughout the countryside. Letters received from Rena, a member of the women's branch of the British Army, hint at the close ties that often developed between military members and their British hosts. As Rena relates in a letter, "Yes our acquaintance was short, but so very sweet."

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[ Top Secret "Neptune" Hq. CT16 & CT18, Div Trps. Landing Diagram, Annex E Sheet 1 ]
[ Top Secret "Neptune" Hq. CT16 & CT18, Div Trps. Landing Diagram, Annex E Sheet 2 ]
[ Map chart and shoreline sketch ]

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[ Request for leave [12/20/1944] ]
[ Change of duty [1/19/1945] ]
[ Memo from USS LST 375, Re: assuming duties of gunnery officer [2/1/1945] ]
[ Leave request [2/14/1945] ]
[ Change of duty [June-July 1945] ]
[ Travel itinerary [7/30/1945] ]
[ Statement of active sea duty [8/13/1945] ]
[ Points for Discharge [10/1945] ]
[ Authority to wear theatre of war ribbons [10/10/1945] ]
[ Notification of appointment [11/7/1945] ]
[ Retention on Active Duty [3/13/1946] ]
[ Discharge from active duty [1946] ]
[ Wallet-size, laminated certificate of satisfactory service [1946] ]
[ Change of classification [1948] ]
[ Appointment in the Naval Reserve [8/1948] ]
[ U.S.N.R. Permanent Appointment Acknowledgement [11/26/1948] ]
[ Memo Re: Assignment to the Voluntary Reserve Medical Division[4/21/1949] ]
[ Annual Qualifications Questionnaire [11/11/1949] ]
[ Transfer to Inactive Status [12/29/1950] ]
[ Acceptance of Boehne's retirement from the Naval Reserve [8/15/1952] ]
[ Appointment in Naval Reserve [3/12/1943] ]
[ Orders for Ensign John William Boehne, USNR [3/12/1943] ]
[ Orders for Ensign John W. Boehne [4/20/1943] ]
[ Change of Duty [6/15/1943] ]
[ Change of Duty [7/22/1943] ]
[ Orders [10/31/1943] ]
[ Change of Duty [11/28/1943] ]
[ Request for Leave [1/15/1944] ]
[ Watch List [2/14/1944] ]
[ Orders [3/10/1944] ]
[ Report of physical examination for promotion [5/31/1944] ]
[ Temporary Appointment [6/3/1944] ]
[ Telegram to his father, John W. Boehne, Jr. [6/23/1944] ]
[ Request for Leave [10/26/1944] ]
[ Memoir: "A record of events during twenty interesting and memorable months" ]
[ Letter from Congressman John W. Boehne, Jr., to his son John W. Boehne III [12/8/1941] ]
[ Letter from F.R. Webber [10/20/1943] ]
[ Letter from John W. Boehne, Jr., to his son John W. Boehne III [12/27/1943] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [n.d.] ]
[ Letter from Rena to Bill, London, England [4/10/1944] ]
[ Normandy invasion map, Appendix 1 to Annex A to Operation Order BB-44 "Top Secret Neptune" ]
[ Top Secret Omaha Assault Area Diagram Reference BA2073 ]
[ Map: Omaha Beach-East (Colleville-sur-Mer) ]
[ Scrapbook. Mementos from Boehne's service years, primarily while overseas. ]
[ "Welcome!" Newsletter given out to troops arriving in England ]
[ Three letters concerning Boehne's participation in a "Normandy Portraits" Exhibition in 1994 ]
[ Clothing invoices ]
[ Collection of items from the "SP News Ticker" on 11/14/1946 ]
[ Poem: "Reconversion" ]
[ Insignia of Boehne's Midshipmen Class at Furnald Hall, Columbia University, New York [1942-43] ]
[ A Poem by Thomas Hardy and apocryphal words of Abraham Lincoln ]
[ Military patch ]
[ Partial poem written on a blank V-Mail form [n.d.] ]
[ "Contract" signifying Petrena Park Moyes, "Rena", as a member of Episolon Beta [12/25/1944] ]

About this Item

Title

  • John William Boehne, III Collection

Names

  • Lebo, Cody
  • Boehne III, John William
  • U.S. House of Representatives/Todd R. Platts
  • Platts, Todd

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • PA

Headings

  • -  Boehne III, John William
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: Amphibious Force; USS LST-375 (Landing Ship Tank)
    • Location of Service: Little Creek, Virginia; Cornwall, England; Omaha Beach, Normandy, France; Washington, DC; European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 01/2003)
  • Manuscript: Mixed (Multiple types of manuscripts) [2 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1942 - 1944)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1942 - 1946)
  • Manuscript: Scrapbooks [1 item] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1943 - 1945)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1942 - 1946)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [10 items] -- Photograph (collected 1944 - 1993)
  • Video: Digital File [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected 1/2003)
  • Video: Digital File [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected 01/2003)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/31844

Cite as

  • John William Boehne, III Collection (AFC/2001/001/31844), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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:

Lebo, Cody, John William Boehne Iii, U.S. House Of Representatives/Todd R. Platts, and Todd Platts. John William Boehne, III Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31844/.

APA citation style:

Lebo, C., Boehne Iii, J. W., U.S. House Of Representatives/Todd R. Platts & Platts, T. (1942) John William Boehne, III Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31844/.

MLA citation style:

Lebo, Cody, et al. John William Boehne, III Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.31844/>.