456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection

456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hargrett Library.
Title: 456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection
Dates: 1939-2009
Quantity: 7.9 Linear feet 10 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 2 oversized boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms2839

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials documenting various aspects of the unit's history - training, unit actions, causalities, commendations, diaries and recollections. Some soldiers kept personal items from the Army or items they acquired while in service, such as immunization records, post cards, a parachute, iron cross and German flag. There are over 500 photographs, most of which are identified, and copies of campaign maps from the European theatre with unit positions marked and an attached narrative related what action took place in these locations. Following the war, unit reunions have been held at regular intervals and materials from these gatherings are present in the collection. It is anticipated that more material will be added to the collection in the future. Contributors to this collection include George Marshall, James T. Dunn, John W. Talley, and many others.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type and battalion member.


Index Terms

Crosses (visual works)
Dunn, James T.
Flags.
Immunization--History--20th century.
Maps (documents)
Marshall, George
Medals.
Postcards.
Soldiers--United States.
Talley, John W.
United States. Army. Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 456th. -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection, ms2839. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Members of this World War II unit chose this library as the archive for their materials at the instigation of Dr. George Marshall, a member of the unit and Athens resident. Various members have donated materials they saved which would help to document various aspects of the unit's history-training, unit actions, casualties, commendations-plus diaries and recollections. Following the war, unit reunions have been held at regular intervals and materials from these gatherings are present in the collection.

It is anticipated that more material will be added to the collection in the future.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11History of the AAA BN ; Experiences of the AAA AW Bn Mobile; slides, unidentified photographs
 
2Combat activities, Battle of France
 
3Awards / commendations
 
4Casualty reports
 
5Headquarters battery
 
6A Battery
 
7B Battery
 
8C and D Battery
 
9Maps
 
11Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, 1943 February-September
 
12James T. Dunn diary of Battery D at Camp McCoy, 1943
 
10Fort Sheridan, IL, original unit history, diary, photographs, 1942
 
13Michigan maneuvers, 1943
 
14Tennessee manouvers, 1943
 
15Camp Stewart, Georgia, 1943
 
16Camp Rucker, Alabama, 1943
 
17Eglin Field, Florida, 1943
 
18Camp Shanks, NY and trip overseas, 1943
 
19England unit history in country, personal recollections, photographs, 1943-1944
 
20England-Plymount-personal recollections, photos
 
BoxFolder
21France, 1944 July
 
2France, 1944 August
 
3France, 1944 September
 
4France, 1944 October
 
5France, 1944 November-December
 
6Luxembourg, Belgium, 1945 January-February
 
7Germany, 1945 March
 
8Germany, 1945 April
 
9Germany, 1945 May
 
10Post-Germany, 1945
 
11Newsclippings, LIFE magazine
 
BoxFolder
31John W. Talley photographs
 
2Stuart F. Miller photographs, reminiscences
 
3Howard G. Marker papers
includes immunization register, Camp McCoy banner various Army cards, articles, newspapers, photos
 
4-7John C. Sheperd papers
includes post cards guides to various cities, book Sites & Monuments
 
8Roman J. Rumanowski diary commendation (54 pages)
 
9Salvatore Gallichio photographs
 
10Syrus Marshall Brindley newspaper from ship West Point, 1945 October 20-21
 
11Cyril D. Duffy materials
includes "Know Your Army', 'Lest We Forget', 'Army, Navy Marine Corps Insignia'. 'Attack-The Story of the USA
 
12Kenneth W. Hansel
2 commendation lists; Souvenir program from 'Skirts'; photographs
 
13Frank Brooks - The Private War of Private Brooks - about his experiences with the unit, 1991
 
BoxFolder
41Reminiscences, individual photographs
 
2Unit reunion booklets
 
3Unit reunion
 
4Negatives
 
5 Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War's; 4 rolled photographs Proclamation from unit's 50 th anniversary reunion, Meridian, Miss, 1992
 
Carton
1Artifacts: including German iron cross given by Emory Guffy; German parachute given by Dennis Butler; German flag autographed by unit members given by Charlie Downs; swastika banners, patches, metal pins, arm bands, belt buckles., 1940-1945
 
BoxFolder
51John Hendrickson papers
 
2Paul S. May papers (nazi flags)
 
3James F. Caroll papers (photographs)
 
4Charles E. Taylor Papers (photographs, telegrams, correspondence)
 
5Albert St. John papers (photographs)
 
6Albert St. John papers (photographs, map)
 
8Albert St. John papers (Newspapers including The Stars and Stripes and The Real McCoy)
 
8Yank Weekly
 
BoxFolder
61Donald C. Padgett papers (rations, certificates, passes, photographs)
 
2Donald C. Padgett papers (letters from Gen. Patton and clippings)
 
3Donald C. Padgett papers (Clippings, A Brief History of the Third Army, Small Navy banner)
 
4Donald C. Padgett papers (History of the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade)
 
5Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Lease, Christmas greetings, telegrams)
 
6Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Service Prayer Book, Basic Field Manual of Military Training, Intelligence Bulletin Aug 1943, Mapping implements)
 
BoxFolder
71Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Firing Tables, The Firing Battery, Coast Artillery Field Manual, How the Gun Works: Caliber .50, M2 Browning Machine Gun, Chemical Warfare Pocket Reference Card, Special Orders for German-American Relations pamphlet, Individual Score Book for The Rifle)
 
2Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Correspondence, maps)
 
3Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Page A Day diary, Events of the Day notebook, Actions taken record photocopy)
 
4Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Holocaust photos, German correspondence, SS handbook)
 
5Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Brochures and maps of France and Germany)
 
6Robert S. O'Keefe papers (War Department Education Manual- America: Its History and Its People, poster for turning off lights, popular phrases from individuals in the batallion)
 
7Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Photocopies of clippings)
 
BoxFolder
81-8George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Correspondence), 1943-1945
 
BoxFolder
92George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Discharge, pin, booklet- Going Back to Civilian Life, booklet- Camp Myles Standish info)
 
3George O. Marshall, Jr. papers ("More War Stories")
 
4George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (456th at Eglin Field, Fla- photographs, battery index, souvenir program), 1943
 
5George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (dog tags, cartoon, service banner, bronze star medal certificate, German goggles, good conduct medal list, handkerchiefs, nazi flags, flowers pinned to Marshall in Paris, clippings), 1943
 
6George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Cat'o'nine tails found in Germand Building), 1944 August
 
7George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (photographs), 1944 August
 
BoxFolder
101George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (James F. Carroll writing)
 
2George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (John F. Hendrickson diary)
 
3George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Battery A records)
 
4George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Unit history)
 
5George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Combat Action in Battle of France)
 
6George O. Marshall, Jr. papers ("My World War II" by George O. Marshall and "456th AAA AW Battalion in World War II" by John F. Hendrickson)
 
BoxItem
111George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (French clogs with signatures)
 
2George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Nazi flag with signatures)
 
BoxFolder
121Leland Verschueren. papers (Photographs, passes, clippings, rolled photo tube)
 
OS Box
13"Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War, rolled photos, proclamation, 1992
 
OS Box
14George O. Marshall materials (Eisenhower jacket, Bronze star)
 
OS Folder
1CEuropean campaign maps with attached narratives of unit actions, 1940-1945 (Photocopies)