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9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
Shown in this photograph is United State Air Force Lieutenant Colonel M. Jordan addressing the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th anniverary in Wichita, Kansas.


Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.

Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the south end of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.


Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the runway, aircraft, and buildings at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


B-47 bomber, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

B-47 bomber, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Date: 1958
Three pilots standing beside a B-47 bomber at Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas.


Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan

Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan
Creator: Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas
Date: August 6, 1945
A photograph taken of the atomic cloud rising over Hiroshima on Shikoker Island, Japan. A member of the 20th Air Force shot this photograph with a 152 mm lens at 25,000 feet after the bomb exploded. Two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, the first on the city of Hiroshima and the second on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, on August 15, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers.


Buford Brodbeck interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas

Buford Brodbeck interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Brodbeck, Buford
Date: December 08, 2009
This interview with Buford Brodbeck is part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Buford talks of his family, education, military career, and places of employment.


Carrol Victor Christian

Carrol Victor Christian
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
A photograph of Carrol Victor Christian also known as Bob Christian in his Army Air Corp uniform. He was born October 22, 1906 in Clyde, Kansas, and his parents were Winfield Clark Christian and Mary Dorothea Bottger Christian. Carrol spent his youth in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School. He married Floriene Olive Graham on April 6, 1935, and they had two sons, Keith W. Christian and Carrol R. Christian. On December 23, 1942, Carrol Victor Christian was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served as a corporal in the Air Transportation Command in Indian and Burma where he was a cook. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Distinguished Unit Badge and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war, Carrol and his wife moved to Russell, Kansas, where he worked in the oil fields, a grain elevator, and a lumber yard until he retired at age 65.


Carrol Victor Christian

Carrol Victor Christian
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
A photograph of Carrol Victor Christian also known as Bob Christian in his Army Air Corp uniform. He was born October 22, 1906 in Clyde, Kansas, and his parents were Winfield Clark Christian and Mary Dorothea Bottger Christian. Carrol spent his youth in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School. He married Floriene Olive Graham on April 6, 1935, and they had two sons, Keith W. Christian and Carrol R. Christian. On December 23, 1942, Carrol Victor Christian was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served as a corporal in the Air Transportation Command in Indian and Burma where he was a cook. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Distinguished Unit Badge and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war, Carrol and his wife moved to Russell, Kansas, where he worked in the oil fields, a grain elevator, and a lumber yard until he retired at age 65.


Carrol Victor Christian

Carrol Victor Christian
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
A photograph of Carrol Victor Christian also known as Bob Christian in his Army Air Corp uniform. He was born October 22, 1906 in Clyde, Kansas, and his parents were Winfield Clark Christian and Mary Dorothea Bottger Christian. Carrol spent his youth in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School. He married Floriene Olive Graham on April 6, 1935, and they had two sons, Keith W. Christian and Carrol R. Christian. On December 23, 1942, Carrol Victor Christian was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served as a corporal in the Air Transportation Command in Indian and Burma where he was a cook. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Distinguished Unit Badge and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war, Carrol and his wife moved to Russell, Kansas, where he worked in the oil fields, a grain elevator, and a lumber yard until he retired at age 65.


Carrol Victor Christian to Floriene Olive Graham Christian correspondece

Carrol Victor Christian to Floriene Olive Graham Christian correspondece
Creator: Christian, Carrol Victor
Date: December 31, 1942-September 21, 1945
A collection of 198 letters written by Carrol Victor Christian (also known as Bob Christian) to his wife Floriene Olive Graham Christian (also known as Fluffy). Carrol Christian was born October 22, 1906, in Clyde, Kansas, and his parents were Winfield Clark Christian and Mary Dorothea Bottger Christian. Carrol Christian spent his youth in Clyde and graduated from Clyde High School. He married Floriene Olive Graham on April 6, 1935, and they had two sons Keith W. Christian and Carrol R. Christian. On December 23, 1942 Carrol Christian was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served as a corporal in the Air Transportation Command in India and Burma where he was a cook. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Distinguished Unit Badge and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war, Christian and his wife moved to Russell, Kansas, where he worked in the oil fields, a grain elevator and a lumber yard until he retired at age 65.


Carrol Victor and Floriene Olive Graham Christian

Carrol Victor and Floriene Olive Graham Christian
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
A photograph of Carrol Victor and Floriene Olive Graham Christian who were married April 6, 1935. This photograph was taken after December 23, 1942, when he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. Carrol served as a corporal in the Air Transportation Command in India and Burma where he was a cook. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Pacific Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Distinguished Unit Badge and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war Christian and his wife moved to Russell, Kansas, where he worked in the oil fields, at a grain elevator and a lumber yard until he retired at age 65.


Charles Parker video interview on experiences in World War II

Charles Parker video interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Parker, Charles William
Charles Parker enlisted in the Army (Air Corps) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the 453rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. He did his basic training at Gibson Field, Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He became a bombardier navigator and he describes all the specialized training he had to take for the job. He was sent to England in the fall of 1944 as part of a B-24 crew. He was involved in over 20 missions with targets of factories, railroad yards, and troop concentrations in Germany. He was born in Highland, Kansas, on August 31, 1923. He graduated from Highland High School and attended Highland Community College before he enlisted. After the war he returned to Highland and served as the postmaster there for 33 years. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Colonel Verena Zeller

Colonel Verena Zeller
Date: 1940-1960
Three photographs of Verena Zeller, the first appointed Chief of the U.S. Air Force Nursing Corps. She was born in 1912 in Paxico, Wabaunsee County, Kansas. She received her nursing training at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Topeka and graduated in 1934. Previous to joining the Air Force, she had worked for six weeks with the Red Cross in the Dust Bowl area of western Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas panhandle and held a civilian position at Fort Riley, Kansas. She then continued to work at Fort Riley with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. She received many promotions during World War II and afterward and traveled extensively around the world because of her duties. In the inter-war years of the late 1940s she served as a flight nurse, assisting wounded soldiers who had been evacuated back to the United States. She is one of only three women with the rank of colonel during the military action in Korea. In 1949, Zeller married Marco J. Pettoruto. Following his death in 1976, she moved to Topeka, and in 1990, she married Dr. G. Herbert Seburg. Verena Seburg died in December 2007.


Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Winklebauer, Cyril
Date: 1 January 2007
Sergeant Cyril Winklebauer was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in April 1943 and served until February 1946. He did his basic training in Miami Beach, Florida, and cook's training at Camp Lee, Virgina. He worked as a cook at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, for seventeen months. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 1, 2007. He was born October 30, 1922, in Horton, Kansas. He graduated from Horton High School in 1941. He met his wife-to-be at a USO in Dallas. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Dale F. Hunter video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Dale F. Hunter video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Hunter, Dale F.
Date: February 16, 2007
Dale F. Hunter was inducted into the Army (Air Force) in 1942 and served until 1945 in the 329th Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group. Interviewed by Brian Grubbs on February 16, 2007, Hunter talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He grew up in Bigelow, Marshall County, Kansas. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Dale Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Dale Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Starr, Dale
Date: Date Unknown
Dale Starr was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in October 1942 and served until 1946 in the 9th Engine Overhaul Squadron. He was trained at the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, Missouri, as an aircraft engine mechanic. He was then sent to Lackland and Stinson Air Force Bases in Texas. He was sent to Calcutta, India to work in a large air depot and supervised a number of Indian employees. He described his working and living experiences. He married his high school girlfriend during the war and she was with him part of the time he was in Texas. He returned to Soldier Kansas after the war and farmed. He used the G. I. Bill for some mechanical training at Soldier and for a loan to purchase 80 acres of land. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Dedication, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas

Dedication, Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kansas
Creator: United States Army Air Forces
Date: March 16, 1956
These two photographs show the dedication ceremony of Schilling Air Force Base. The facility was formerly known as the Smoky Hill Air Force Base. The first photograph shows Mrs. David Schilling, Brig. Gen. James W. Wilson, and the bust of David Schilling. The second image is an overall view of the ceremony.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Military aircraft at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1963
An aerial photograph showing the runway, aircraft, and buildings at the north end of Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1949 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a flight line of B29s and B50s aircrafts at the Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas.


Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas

Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Entrance gate to Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas.


Geraldine Buhler Smith, Bernice Smith, and Lt. Glee S. Smith, Jr.

Geraldine Buhler Smith, Bernice Smith, and Lt. Glee S. Smith, Jr.
Date: 1944
This is a photograph showing Geraldine Buhler Smith, Bernice Smith (Glee Smith's mother), and Lt. Glee S. Smith, Jr. The photograph was taken at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on Easter, 1944.


Harry Turbet Taylor

Harry Turbet Taylor
Date: 1942
This is a tintype showing Harry Turbet Taylor as a cadet in preflight school in San Antonio, Texas.


Harry Turbet Taylor's World War II letters

Harry Turbet Taylor's World War II letters
Creator: Taylor, Harry Turbet
Date: September 20, 1942 - October 2, 1944
A collection of three photos and letters written by Lt. Harry Turbet Taylor (a.k.a. Tea and H. T.) to the G. S. Houdyshell family in Topeka, Kansas. Taylor, a member of the Eighth U.S. Air Force and later the Ninth U.S. Air Force, served as a B-26 Marauder pilot during World War II in England. The letters were transcribed by Mary Lou Houdyshell Anderson, Taylor's niece. Included in the collection are an account written by Taylor telling about an incident where his plane was hit by flak in a bombing run at Noball (V-11) Launch Site and biographical information.


Houston Buffaloes trip to the Panama Canal Zone

Houston Buffaloes trip to the Panama Canal Zone
Date: 1951
This set of 16 photos was made in late March 1951 to record the Panama Canal Zone visit by the Houston Buffaloes (or Buffs) minor league baseball team. The team traveled to the Canal Zone to play four exhibition games with U.S. military teams. Two of the games were contested between the Buffs and the Albrook Flyers, a team representing Albrook Air Force Base, where the team stayed during its visit. The Buffs also played one game versus the Army All-Stars, and one game versus the All-Service Stars. The Houston team won three of the four games. Some of the photographs were made during the two games against the Albrook Flyers; the remainder were made during sightseeing excursions or other aspects of the visit. The photos were produced and released by Albrook Air Force Base, and most carry captions. Among the Houston team members making the trip was Topekan Harland Coffman. A right-handed pitcher, Coffman was on the Houston roster only briefly in 1951; he spent most of the 1951 season in Omaha. Coffman's minor league pitching record between 1948 and 1952 was 62-46 and an ERA of 3.19 in 158 games. Digital reproduction of the photographs was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


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