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456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection

456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: 456th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion collection
Creator: Hargrett Library
Inclusive Dates: 1939-2009
Language(s): English
Extent: 7.9 Linear Feet 11 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 2 oversized boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms2839
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

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.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type and battalion member.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 May 7.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11History of the AAA BN; Experiences of the AAA AW BN Mobile; slides, unidentified photographs
12Combat activities, Battle of France
13Awards / commendations
14Casualty reports
15Headquarters battery
16A Battery
17B Battery
18C and D Battery
111Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, 1943 February-September
112James T. Dunn diary of Battery D at Camp McCoy, 1943
110Fort Sheridan, IL, original unit history, diary, photographs, 1942
113Michigan maneuvers, 1943
114Tennessee manouvers, 1943
115Camp Stewart, Georgia, 1943
116Camp Rucker, Alabama, 1943
117Eglin Field, Florida, 1943
118Camp Shanks, NY and trip overseas, 1943
119England unit history in country, personal recollections, photographs, 1943-1944
120England-Plymount-personal recollections, photos
21France, 1944 July
22France, 1944 August
23France, 1944 September
24France, 1944 October
25France, 1944 November-December
26Luxembourg, Belgium, 1945 January-February
27Germany, 1945 March
28Germany, 1945 April
29Germany, 1945 May
210Post-War Germany, 1945
211Newsclippings, LIFE magazine
31John W. Talley photographs
32Stuart F. Miller photographs, reminiscences
33Howard G. Marker papers
includes immunization register, Camp McCoy banner various Army cards, articles, newspapers, photos
34-7John C. Sheperd papers
includes post cards guides to various cities, book Sites & Monuments
38Roman J. Rumanowski diary commendation (54 pages)
39Salvatore Gallichio photographs
310Syrus Marshall Brindley newspaper from ship West Point, 1945 October 20-21
311Cyril D. Duffy materials
includes "Know Your Army', 'Lest We Forget', 'Army, Navy Marine Corps Insignia'. 'Attack-The Story of the USA
312Kenneth W. Hansel
2 commendation lists; Souvenir program from 'Skirts'; photographs
313Frank Brooks - The Private War of Private Brooks - about his experiences with the unit, 1991
41Reminiscences, individual photographs
42Unit reunion booklets
43Unit reunion
45Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War's; 4 rolled photographs Proclamation from unit's 50th anniversary reunion, Meridian, Miss, 1992
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
51John Hendrickson papers
52Paul S. May papers (nazi flags)
53James F. Caroll papers (photographs)
54Charles E. Taylor Papers (photographs, telegrams, correspondence)
55Albert St. John papers (photographs)
56Albert St. John papers (photographs, map)
58Albert St. John papers (Newspapers including The Stars and Stripes and The Real McCoy)
58Yank Weekly
61Donald C. Padgett papers (rations, certificates, passes, photographs)
62Donald C. Padgett papers (letters from Gen. Patton and clippings)
63Donald C. Padgett papers (Clippings, A Brief History of the Third Army, Small Navy banner)
64Donald C. Padgett papers (History of the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade)
65Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Lease, Christmas greetings, telegrams)
66Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Service Prayer Book, Basic Field Manual of Military Training, Intelligence Bulletin Aug 1943, Mapping implements)
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)
72Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Correspondence, maps)
73Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Page A Day diary, Events of the Day notebook, Actions taken record photocopy)
74Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Holocaust photos, German correspondence, SS handbook)
75Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Brochures and maps of France and Germany)
76Robert 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)
77Robert S. O'Keefe papers (Photocopies of clippings)
81-8George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Correspondence), 1943-1945
92George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Discharge, pin, booklet- Going Back to Civilian Life, booklet- Camp Myles Standish info)
93George O. Marshall, Jr. papers ("More War Stories")
94George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (456th at Eglin Field, Fla- photographs, battery index, souvenir program), 1943
95George 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
96George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Cat'o'nine tails found in Germand Building), 1944 August
97George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (photographs), 1944 August
101George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (James F. Carroll writing)
102George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (John F. Hendrickson diary)
103George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Battery A records)
104George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Unit history)
105George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Combat Action in Battle of France)
106George 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)
111George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (French clogs with signatures)
112George O. Marshall, Jr. papers (Nazi flag with signatures)
121Leland Verschueren. papers (Photographs, passes, clippings, rolled photo tube)
13"Collier's New Photographic History of the World's War, rolled photos, proclamation, 1992
14George O. Marshall materials (Eisenhower jacket, Bronze star)
1CEuropean campaign maps with attached narratives of unit actions, 1940-1945 (Photocopies)
151Emil Serpan papers - unit newsletters
81Emil Serpan papers - Unit newsletters, 1999-2003
82Emil Serpan papers - Unit history (Photocopies)
83Emil Serpan papers - Reunion , 1980
84Emil Serpan papers - Reunion , 1981
85Emil Serpan papers - Reunion , 1983
86Emil Serpan papers - Reunion , 2000
87Emil Serpan papers - Reunion , 2008
88Emil Serpan papers - Reunion, undated
89Emil Serpan papers - Clippings, photocopied scrapbook pages
810Emil Serpan papers - Correspondence
811Emil Serpan papers - Reunion photographs
13Emil Serpan papers - Reunion photographs (2) Battery B, 1981