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Broadway Special, featuring New York's Latest Hit, "The Hasty Heart"

Description: This soldier show contains two copyrighted works—"The Hasty Heart," a three-act by John Patrick; and "Freedom of the Air," a ten-minute sketch by George S. Kaufman—plus several blackouts and sketches and three simple musical production numbers "restricted to Army and Navy use exclusively." Production numbers each include a libretto and a piano-vocal score. A survey form is included to measure the success and appropriateness of the materials provided.
Date: 1945
Creator: United States. Army Service Forces. Special Services Division.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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P.F.C. Mary Brown: A Wac Musical Revue

Description: The WAC musical revue "P.F.C. Mary Brown" was inspired by two sources: Frank Loesser's breakout hit song from the revue "About Face!," and the insignia of the Women's Army Corps, which features an image of the goddess Pallas Athene. Displaying more of a plot than the other soldier shows, this revue depicts the goddess growing bored with her life on Olympus and descending to Earth to find fulfillment as a WAC named Mary Brown. Although it is never referred to as a "soldier show" or as a "Blueprint Special," it was conceived in an identical format—a musical revue developed under the aegis of the Army Service Forces Special Services Division, tried out before an audience of military personnel and invited guests, and published in a compilation containing the script, lyrics, stage directions, complete orchestrations, dance routines, scenic and costume designs (including instructions on how to make them from waste and salvage materials), a sample program template, and general notes on how to produce the show. The only major difference between this show and the "Blueprint Specials" is that "P.F.C. Mary Brown" is written specifically for performance by members of the Women's Army Corps rather than by the male troops. A list of all the "Blueprint Specials" that were either published or in production when this show was released appears on the back cover.
Date: 1944
Creator: United States. Headquarters, Army Service Forces. Special Services Division.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

"Hi, Yank!": A Soldier Shows "Blueprint Special"

Description: "Hi Yank!" was the second of the Soldier Shows "Blueprint Specials" to be published. It was inspired by "Yank: The Army Weekly"—a magazine published by the U.S. military and distributed to members of the armed forces during World War II. Each episode of this revue is titled after a section of the magazine, and most of the scenes feature cartoonist George Baker's Sad Sack character, who debuted in the first issue of "Yank." Even the cover of the revue, which features both Sad Sack and his eternal nemesis the Sarge, is a parody of the cover of "Yank" magazine. Unlike the first "Blueprint Special" ("About Face!"), which had input from civilians, "Hi, Yank!" was a true soldier show—conceived, written, composed, acted, and produced entirely by currently enlisted Army service members, although most of the show's creators and performers had previous professional experience in show business.
Date: 1944
Creator: United States. Headquarters, Army Service Forces. Special Services Division.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

About Face!

Description: "About Face!" was the first in a series of Soldier Shows "Blueprint Specials" created by the Special Services Division of the Army Service Forces during World War II to provide soldiers stationed overseas with all the resources they need to stage an original, full-length, Broadway-style revue for their fellow soldiers. Each "Blueprint Special" includes a libretto, set and costume designs, conductor's score, and individual vocal and instrumental parts, as well as detailed instructions for staging the show effectively. Costumes and sets can be constructed from local scrap materials, the sketches that compose the libretto can be omitted or added to according to local needs and time constraints, and the big band style musical accompaniment can be reduced or expanded to accommodate whatever players are available. Each show features one scene where any number of specialty acts can be inserted to showcase local talent.
Date: 1944
Creator: United States. Headquarters, Army Service Forces. Special Services Division.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Choice B. Lovelady, February 20, 1978

Description: Interview with Choice Lovelady, a Marine Corps veteran, concerning his experiences at the Marine Barracks between Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: February 20, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Lovelady, Choice B., 1920-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Truett Davis, March 27, 1978

Description: Interview with Truett Davis, U.S. Navy veteran, concerning his experiences aboard the target battleship USS Utah during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: March 27, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Davis, Truett L., 1922-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Byron Kolbert, February 25, 1978

Description: Interview with Byron Kolbert, an Army Air Corps veteran, concerning his experiences at Bellows Field with the 86th Observation Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: February 25, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Kolbert, Byron, 1922-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with W. R. Sample, March 27, 1978

Description: Interview with W. R. Sample, an Army Air Corps veteran, concerning his experiences at Wheeler Field with the 6th Pursuit Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: March 27, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Sample, W. R., 1906-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Robert Warren Saunders, December 3, 1977

Description: Interview with Robert Saunders, U.S. Army veteran, concerning his experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, M Company during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: December 3, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Saunders, Robert Warren
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Clarence Vernon Mangrem, April 18, 1977

Description: Interview with Clarence Mangrem, U.S. Army veteran, concerning his experiences at Schofield Barracks with the 35th Infantry, Company I during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: April 18, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Mangrem, Clarence V.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Leonard Davis, March 23, 1977

Description: Interview with Leonard Davis, U.S. Navy veteran, concerning his experiences aboard the cruiser USS Phoenix during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: March 23, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Davis, Leonard, 1923-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Dale Messler, March 4, 1977

Description: Interview with Dale Messler, U.S. Navy veteran, concerning his experiences aboard the battleship USS Pennsylvania during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: March 4, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Messler, Dale
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Christopher Zett, July 12, 1977

Description: Interview with Christopher Zett, U.S. Navy veteran, concerning his experiences aboard the target battleship USS Utah during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: July 12, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Zett, Christopher
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral history interview with Morris Williamson and Mary Williamson, April 25, 1977

Description: Interview with Morris Williamson, U.S. Navy veteran, and his wife Mary Williamson concerning their experiences while at home in Honolulu at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: April 25, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Williamson, Mary, 1922-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Ross Dungan, July 11, 1977

Description: Interview with Ross Dungan, U.S. Army veteran, concerning his experiences at Fort Weaver with the A Battery, 14th Coast Artillery during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: July 11, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Dungan, Ross, 1914-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Huddleston W. Wright, November 1989

Description: Interview with Huddleston Wright, an Army veteran (2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, Texas National Guard) and a member of the "Lost Battalion," concerning his experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II. Wright discusses the fall of Java and his capture, Bicycle Camp in Batavia (1942), Changi Prison Camp in Singapore (1942), building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway (1942-1944), Kanchanaburi, Thailand (1944-1945), Phet Buri, Thailand (1945), and his liberation.
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Date: {1989-11-02,1989-11-14}
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Wright, Huddleston W., 1905-
Partner: UNT Oral History Program
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