Oral History Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, October 11, 1996

Oral History Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, October 11, 1996

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Date: October 11, 1996
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Ditto, Lanson B.
Description: Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, clothier and Navy veteran. The interview includes Ditto's personal experiences about the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II. Ditto talks about his education, enlistment in the Navy V-7 Program, midshipman training, assignment to the USS Langley, pre-war duty in the Philippines, coming of war and combat around the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies, the sinking of the Langley and his transfer to the USS Pecos, the sinking of the Pecos and his rescue by the USS Whipple, various naval battles and assignments, antisubmarine patrols off the Solomons, various escort duties, and his promotion to captain of the O'Toole.
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Oral History Interview with Elijah Collins, Jr., December 6, 2001

Oral History Interview with Elijah Collins, Jr., December 6, 2001

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Date: December 6, 2001
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Collins, Elijah, Jr.
Description: Interview with Navy veteran Elijah Collins Jr. The interview includes Collins' personal experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Blue during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Collins also talks about the Battle of Savo Island and the sinking of the Blue.
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Oral History Interview with Ralph L. Cerny, September 18, 2000

Oral History Interview with Ralph L. Cerny, September 18, 2000

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Date: September 18, 2000
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Cerny, Ralph L.
Description: Interview with Army veteran Ralph L. Cerny. The interview includes Cerny's personal experiences about being a combat infantryman in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II, joining the Illinois National Guard, federalization of the Illinois National Guard, training at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, shipping to Camp Darwin, Australia, and combat around Mount Austen on Guadalcanal. Additionally, Cerny talks about the formation of the American Division and landings at New Caledonia, transferring of the division to Guadalcanal, the fate of Japanese prisoners-of-war, evacuation to the Fiji islands for rest and recuperation, landings on Bougainville, patrol and reconnaissance activities on Bougainville, his rotation back to the States, stateside duty as a drill instructor at Fort McClellan, and his postwar career.
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Newsmap. Monday, August 24, 1942 : week of August 14 to August 21

Newsmap. Monday, August 24, 1942 : week of August 14 to August 21

Date: August 24, 1942
Creator: [United States]. Army Orientation Course
Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Northern France, Air assault, Allied conference, Southwest Pacific, Mediterranean, Russia, North Africa, Aleutians, China, Brazil. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show The European theatre, Main area of operations in the Solomons, USSR. Includes photographs: Landing party; Commando glider; Last stop in North Africa; War in the heart of Africa. Back: China's Cadets. 10 photographs are accompanied by text.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Newsmap. Monday, October 26, 1942 : week of October 16 to October 23

Newsmap. Monday, October 26, 1942 : week of October 16 to October 23

Date: October 26, 1942
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Solomons -- New Guinea -- Aleutians -- Russia -- Shipping -- Mediterranean -- Yugoslavia -- Western Europe. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show Southwest Pacific -- Stalingrad. Includes photographs: Airport on Guadalcanal Island -- Somewhere in India [field artillery pieces and Gen. Stillwell's troops wearing German-type coal scuttle helmet] -- Supplies for Russia [Arctic convoy attacked by enemy torpedo planes and U boats] -- Freight cars with wings. Back: Foxholes are Lifesavers. 9 photographs show details of foxhole construction. Text describes advantages and proper use of foxholes in combat.
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Newsmap. Monday, September 28, 1942 : week of September 18 to September 25

Newsmap. Monday, September 28, 1942 : week of September 18 to September 25

Date: September 28, 1942
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: North Africa, Russia, Madagascar, Solomons, New Guinea, China, Burma, Western Europe. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show the drive on Port Moresby, East China, South Russia. Includes photographs: "Jap midget starts new mission", Testing M4 tanks, Japanese target [Port Moresby air field], Russian front-- Kuban sector, Victory fleet. Back: Jungle Warfare. 18 photographs showing scenes of jungle warfare accompanied by text describing the challenges faced by soldiers in that environment.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Newsmap. Monday, February 15, 1943 : week of February 5 to February 12

Newsmap. Monday, February 15, 1943 : week of February 5 to February 12

Date: February 15, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Command, Solomons, North Africa, New Guinea, Russia. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps of Guadalcanal; Russian front. Photographs: Heads down [under the barbed wire]; Jap navel gun; Near the end [fighting in Papua]; North Africa; Poles in Iraq; Vital supply: water for the Eighth Army; German mortar. Back: Poster illustrates uniforms and insignia of the German Army.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department