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Texas A&M University, Libraries, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives World War II
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Allen Elmer Luddeke Scrapbook

  • US TxAM-C 1400
  • Collection
  • 1940-1966

This scrapbook contains a World War II ration book, ration card, memorabilia of Texas A&M student life during the 1940-1950s with additional items in the 1960s regarding Texas A&M.

Army Specialized Training Program Collection

  • US TxAM-C 400
  • Collection
  • 1943

This collection contains documents, class schedule, and requirement list for the completion of the Army Specialized Training Program for the ROTC at Texas A&M College during 1943. Included are course descriptions for the various classes in the program, along with schedules and requirements.

B. B. Baker Collection

  • US TxAM-C 1187
  • Collection
  • 1942-1954; Undated

This collection contains correspondence to and from Lieutenant B.B. Baker from 1943-1950. It also includes numerous military certificates awarded to Baker, including a joke certificate of participation in atomic testing, a letter of gratitude "signed" by President Harry Truman, and an Army certificate of appreciation for war service. Also included are photographs, military flying handouts, Marines football game photographs, and other information about Baker's life.

Baker, B. B.

Barbara N. Stone World War II Scrapbook

  • US TxAM-C 1412
  • Collection

This scrapbook was assembled by Dr. Barbara N. Stone during World War II (WWII). It primarily focuses on President Roosevelt but also contains homefront articles.

Gustav Wehrs Collection

  • US TxAM-C 7
  • Collection
  • 1943-2003

This collection contains correspondence from Gustav Wehrs to David Chapman and Dr. Robert H. Carpenter, regarding the donation of his life's memories as part of the Military collection to Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M. Included is a translated account of his experiences during the Battle of the Aegean in 1943, and an account of the early years of his life he had typed in his native German language.

Wehrs, Gustav, 1915

Guthrie F. Layne, Jr. World War II Scrapbook

  • US TxAM-C 1051
  • Collection

This collection contains the scrapbook from Seaman First Class Guthrie Fitzhugh Layne, Jr during World War II, including a detailed finding guide.

James Earl Rudder '32 Collection

  • US TxAM-C 384
  • Collection
  • 1918-2001

The collection spans the life of James Earl Rudder. The bulk (1944-1970) of the materials roughly correspond to the chronology of James Earl Rudder's life, with additional materials collected mainly by his wife, Margaret Rudder. The collection includes materials from Rudder’s time in the service during WWII, clippings from newspapers, as well as posters, magazine issues, memorabilia, and Rudder’s awards.

Rudder, James Earl, 1910-1970

Lt. Haynes W. Dugan Collection

  • US TxAM-C 1215
  • Collection
  • 1941-1998; Undated

This collection includes two manuscripts written by Dugan entitled The Great Class of 1934 and On My Way to the Cemetery. The first work chronicles Dugan's life at A&M College and the latter discusses his experiences in World War II (WWII).

Other items in the collection include newspaper clippings related to WWII and the Texas A&M Aggies who fought in the war, war correspondence from the 2nd and 3rd Armored Divisions, and reunion information on the 3rd Armored Division.

Dugan, Haynes W.

Philippine Military Operations Around World War II Scrapbook

  • US TxAM-C 682
  • Collection
  • circa 1942-1957

This scrapbook contains black and white photographs of Philippine military operations, assumed to be during or after World War II. Also included is a copy of the pamphlet "Code of the U. S. Fighting Man" (1957).

Ray Dudley Papers - Reliving My World War II Adventure

  • US TxAM-C 836
  • Collection

This collection includes a personal account titled "Reliving my World War II Adventure" by Ray Dudley, depicting his experience as a B-26 pilot in the 34 thBomb Squadron during World War II, and some accompanying letters.

Richard R. "Dick" Tumlinson '51, "Recollections from Korea" Collection

  • US TxAM-C 1259
  • Collection
  • 1953

This collection consists of 50 pages (small 1-inch binder) containing an overview autobiography of Tumlinson’s time spent in the United States Air Force during the Korean War along with photographs from his time overseas in Korea from 1953. Also included in the binder are mission reports.

Tumlinson, Richard R.

Steven Simon, Jr. '22 Scrapbook

  • US TxAM-C 1417
  • Collection
  • 1920-1944

This collection contains a scrapbook with photographs of early campus views Texas A&M College, its buildings, and the Aggie]Band in the 1920s. Also included are clippings and materials from Simon's enlistment in World War II (WWII).

Texas A&M Medal of Honor Research Collection

  • US TxAM-C 239
  • Collection
  • 1932-2009

Correspondence, copies of transcripts, copies of official military records, newspaper clippings, photographs, award/recognition ceremony programs, and copies of a scrapbook about Dennis Keathley compiled by Jim Woodall while doing research on TAMU Medal of Honor Winners. Included in the collection are Horace Carswell, Thomas W. Fowler, William Harrell, Lloyd Hughes, Turney Leonard, Eli Whiteley, and George D. Keathley.

World War II Map of Italy

  • US TxAM-C 115
  • Collection
  • 1943

This collection contains two topographical maps marked with military grid lines, originally published in 1941 by the British War Office, but apparently used by American forces in this instance. One for Cassino, Italy (sheet 160), the other for Isernia, Italy (Sheet 161), in Transverse Mercator Projection with military grid lines and joined with linen tape along the south grid number 96 to form one sheet measuring 50 cm x 72 cm. The map legend is missing on both sections however cities, towns, rivers, streams, roads (major roads in red stamped with numbers), railroads, relief is shown by contour lines, and spot heights can be seen.

The Isernia map is inscribed on the lower half of the back of it mostly in pencil, but with a few notes in ink. The inscriptions, possibly in several different hands, record times of day by the military clock, and locations numerically oriented on the military grid map for various military actions. These actions include remarks on place and type of artillery or small arms fire, observations on the taking of prisoners of war, and other actions in the area southwest of the Rapido River and the town of Cassino. According to the orientation of the action, these notes apparently record fighting by Allied forces against the German army in the Mignano Gap region preceding the Battle of Monte Cassino (January 12, 1944 - May 19, 1944).

The linen tape joining the two maps appears to have been added after inscriptions made on the Isernia map, but most likely during the campaign itself, to be useful for the entire area involved in the Battle of Monte Cassino. Polish troops, the 7th Infantry, and the name Custer are mentioned. The Isernia map is also inscribed in ink in the margin at the top with "Knapp - 31309661, K Co." (possible serial number and company designation K for a soldier named Knapp).

Published by the War Office of Great Britain, originally in 1941, though both sections have a date of 1943 for the second edition. Both maps are designated part of the series "Geographical Section, General Staff, No. 4164." Maps may have been reproduced by the U.S. Army Map Service.

British War Office