James Williamson Collection

James Williamson Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Williamson, James B.
Title: James Williamson Collection
Dates: 1945
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 2147 and 2147a in 1 half box)
Abstract:The collection consists of photographs made aboard the U.S.S. Chicago in Tokyo Harbor, August-December, 1945. Some of these photographs show members of the "I Division"- Electronics and Combat Information Center personnel. Many others depict other American carrier ships in Tokyo. The photographs of individuals were made by James Williamson, while the ships were officially photographed by the Navy. The letters are from James Williamson throughout his service. The letters began in January 1944 and continued to August 1946. He wrote from Camp Peary, Virginia during the summer of 1944, mainly to his mother. He discusses the daily life at camp and training, with many interesting details, especially about dining hall food and training. James clearly had a romantic interest at home named Christine, who he wrote about frequently. By late September, James had passed a test to get into radar school. From this point on, he moved to several different states for training - New Port, Rhode Island in September and, by November to Little Creek, Virginia. At the end of the year, in December, he settled in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania at the United States Receiving Station. By 1945, it is much less clear where James is stationed. However, by March 1945, he was aboard the U.S.S. Chicago.
Coll. Number: ms2147

Biographical/Historical Note

James Bryant Williamson was a Navy soldier who enlisted and went to basic training in 1944. By 1945, he was aboard the U.S.S. Chicago. He and his family were from Jackson, Georgia. He frequently wrote his mother and likely his romantic interest, Christine, both of whom wrote him often as well. He appears to have been a normal young man by all accounts, passing difficult tests, commenting on training and practice, and often discussing food. He visited home a few times during 1944-1945. His mother, his romantic interest Christine, and two aunts worried about him a good deal while he was in the service. In 1946, a friend who had just joined the military wrote him, revealing that he had returned home to Jackson, Georgia. According to research, James Williamson later married Christine and had three children, two boys and a girl. At some point, he received a doctorate. He resided in Macon, Georgia, and died in February 2010.

Index Terms

Chicago (Cruiser: CA-136). -- Pictorial works
Sailors--Japan--Tokyo--Pictorial works.
Sailors--Pictorial works.
Williamson, James B.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Williamson Collection. MS 2147. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

12Photographs taken aboard U.S.S. Chicago and other carrier ships, 1945 Aug-Dec
2James Williamson letters to Mrs. B.A. Williamson (35), 1944 December 19-1946 August 10, undated ( 48.0 items )
3James Williamson letters to Mrs. B.A. Williamson (46), Robert Furlough letters to James Williamson (2), 1944 January 3-December 18 ( 35.0 items )