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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
  • Location of Service: Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Marshall Islands; Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands); Iwo Jima; Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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"I get quite upset when people say, as a cook, you did not see combat on the front lines...I had a duty to perform where and whatever was involved." (Memoir, page 3)

After weeks of training in frigid winter conditions, Joseph Lane, Jr., jumped at the chance to become a cook, noting the seemingly favorable working conditions: “inside, warm, lots of food.” But working as a cook was not without challenges. After landing on Guadalcanal, and losing several ships (and the supplies they carried) to enemy attacks, the men were left with nothing to eat but captured Japanese rice infested with ants and worms, and local coconuts. Though supply lines were eventually restored, Lane suffered dysentery and survived nightly bombing raids before rotating back to the United States for additional training in early 1943.

[ Memoir: "Four Years of My Life, January 2, 1942 thru February 1, 1946 ]

About this Item

Title

  • Joseph Lane, Jr. Collection

Names

  • Lane Jr., Joseph
  • Lane, Joseph

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • KY

Headings

  • -  Lane Jr., Joseph
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

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: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: F Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
    • Location of Service: Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Marshall Islands; Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands); Iwo Jima; Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Artifact: Artifact [2 items] -- (collected 1944 - 1945)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/92616

Cite as

  • Joseph Lane, Jr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/92616), 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

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:

Lane Jr., Joseph, and Joseph Lane. Joseph Lane, Jr. Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.92616/.

APA citation style:

Lane Jr, J. & Lane, J. (1942) Joseph Lane, Jr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.92616/.

MLA citation style:

Lane Jr., Joseph, and Joseph Lane. Joseph Lane, Jr. Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.92616/>.