by Don Allen
The Library proper is a treasure trove of paintings, photos, magazines, bomb group information and of course books reflecting all aspects of not only the war but of American history and culture in general. Typically unseen by the general public however, though to be clear all of it is viewable by request here at the Library, is what we refer to as “The Stack”, the temperature, humidity etc. controlled area where we keep copies of extra or rare books, memorabilia such as uniforms and flags, and the declassified microfilm from the bases, among other things.
While I was searching through all of this, as is my wont on occasion, I ran across some pictures in one of our ephemera boxes. These are black and white photos of servicemen during the war, and I love such pictures as it allows a face to be put to so many of the names of the heroes who served. I came across these pictures and looked at our inventory’s explanation and information on them, but then realized that only one of them had a name. The information on the back reads: “Private Redie (Pee-Wee) Phillips, taken in Nov. 1943. Given to Mr and Mrs (Mom and Pop) and Laura(?) Thompsons. With Love, Pee Wee”. (The “Laura” isn’t clear, thus the ?).
The others in the box however are unknown as of now. So I thought a great way to possibly discover the names of these soldiers would be to ask you if you recognize them. Below you will find the pictures, as well as what information we have on them. If you do have anymore information, we would love to hear from you, and have several ways in which you can contact us:
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We look forward to hearing from you, and appreciate any help you can provide us in making sure these heroes names are known.
“Booklet containing two photographs of a serviceman in uniform”
“Booklet containing two photographs of serviceman in uniform. Back of booklet has pencil note ‘80820 De Palmo'”
“Small black and white photograph of two servicemen in uniform. Back of photograph reads: ‘”Fred Eisen? July 1st 1945′”
“Small booklet containing photograph of serviceman in uniform”