|Title:||James M. Fielder World War I photograph collection|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder C)|
Florida native and longtime resident James M. Fielder (1923-2010) was the son of Arthur J. Fielder and Floy Warren Fielder. Arthur J. Fielder served in the medic detachment and band of the 106th Engineer Regiment during World War I which trained at Camp Wheeler in Macon, GA.
James M. Fielder fought in the Navy during World War II, later attending the University of Florida and graduating in 1949. Fielder had a family and was an active member of his community.
Camp Wheeler was established in 1917 as a temporary training camp for National Guard units in Federal service. The camp was later used as an Infantry Replacement Training Center where new recruits received basic and advanced individual training to replace combat casualties. At the height of the training effort, the camp contained 17,000 trainees and 3,000 cadre personnel. The camp was declared excess in 1946 and the land returned to the owners.
The collection consists of two photographs (approximately 6" x 35") and a soldiers roster pertaining to Camp Wheeler, Georgia and the 106th Engineer Regiment of the 31st Division stationed there. One photograph is a general view of Camp Wheeler (Macon, Ga.) and the other is of the members of the medical detachment and band of the 106th Engineers at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. Arthur James Fielder is the 13th from the left side. The roster consists of a printed poster dated 12 February 1918 and lists the members of Company E. Surrounding the list of names are images depicting the unit in various military activities.
James M. Fielder World War I photograph collection, MS 3140. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.