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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company hopper cars

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company hopper cars
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1963 and 1969
This black and white photograph shows the cargo ship, the Santa Suzana, docked at the Port of Houston along with several covered hopper cars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Creator: Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas
Date: December 7, 1941
These seventeen photographs shows the bombing and destruction at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack by Japanese aircraft brought the United States into World War II. The attack demolished two U.S. Navy battleships, one mine layer, two destroyers, 188 aircraft, and killed 2,388 and wounded 1,178 personnel. Damaged warships included three cruisers, a destroyer, and six battleships. The Japanese losses were minimal.


Diamond Head from SS Maunakea, Hawaii

Diamond Head from SS Maunakea, Hawaii
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: [Date unknown]
This photo of Diamond Head, a volcano on the island of Oahu, was taken by Captain Hughes from the SS Mauna Kea. In the early 1900s Diamond Head was used as a strategic military lookout. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Eula Gentzler papers

Eula Gentzler papers
Creator: Gentzler, Eula (Eula A.), 1910-1992
Date: 1942-1957 (bulk 1943-1945)
This collection consists of letters written by Eula Gentzler to her parents in Topeka, Kansas, and official military correspondence as a U.S. Army nurse. Miss Gentzler referred to hospital ship activities, places she visited, and family references. Occasionally Eula expressed her thoughts on the war. Eula A. Gentzler was born November 10, 1910, in Belleville, Kansas. Her father Ernest T. Gentzler was a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad. The family moved to Topeka when Eula was, approximately, thirteen years old. She graduated from Topeka High School and, later, the Asbury Hospital School of Nursing in Salina, Kansas, in 1937. She enlisted in the U. S. Army Nurse Corps in October, 1942. She was discharged in Octorber, 1945, but was recalled during the Korean conflict serving from 1951 to 1957. Miss Gentzler was sent to Europe in the fall of 1943. She was assigned to duty on the hospital ships Shamrock and Arcadia, working in surgery as well as the wards. Both carried approximately 800 patients. The ships carried injured servicemen from North Africa and Europe to the U. S., requiring six weeks to make a trip across, pick up a load of patients, and return. When in the war zone, they would get patients during battles and would then work extended shifts. Miss Gentzler recalled that during the battle at Enzio, they started surgery at 1 p.m. and operated until 5 a.m. the next morning. On another occasion, they picked up a load of British sailors whose mine sweeper had been bombed and the hospital crew worked all night until they ran out of supplies. Eula Gentzler died on April 13, 1992.


Firing a gun from the USS New Orleans

Firing a gun from the USS New Orleans
Date: Between 1914 and 1919
A photograph showing sailors firing a gun from the USS New Orleans, a PG-34 protected cruiser. It was commissioned in 1898, decommissioned in 1922, and served during both the Spanish-American War and World War I.


Harold Lee Zimmerman video Interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Harold Lee Zimmerman video Interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Zimmerman, Harold Lee
Date: November 2, 2007
Harold Zimmerman enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1943 and served on the Joseph Simon, Alcoa Pennant, Scagway Victory , Marin Hills. Interviewed by Nancy L. Porter on Nov 2, 2007, Zimmerman talked about military experiences in the Second World War. Zimmerman, usually called Lee, was born in Eudora Kansas on November 30, 1925. He graduated from Eudora High School in 1943. He provides good descriptions of life on his various ships. He also served during the Korean War. He is involved in the Zimmerman Steel Company, Lawrence. 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.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Reed, Robert Maurice
Date: May 17, 2006
Reed enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1941 and served until 1945 on the SS Sidney Short; SS Silverpeak; SS Ferdinand WestDahl. Interviewed by Marian Poe on May 17, 2006, Reed talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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 Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Rhea, Darrel D.
Date: 5 October 2006
Seaman Rhea enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1944 and served until 1945 in the S.S. Susan B. Lukenbauk. Interviewed by David Fasgold on Oct 5, 2006, Rhea talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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 Greater Barber County Historical Action Assn and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Ludwick, John L.
Date: August 16, 2006
Ludwick enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1943 and served until 1945 in the SO Nashville, Army Transport Command. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Aug 16, 2006, Ludwick talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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 Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Schonberg, Donald M.
Date: September 29, 2006
Schonberg enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1942 and served until 1945 on the Ship - "American Star". Interviewed by Brian Grubbs on Sep 29, 2006, Schonberg talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Denholm, Walter L.
Date: October 25, 2007
Denholm enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1944 and served until 1946 on the S.S. John J. Crittenden; S.S. Fair Isle; S.S. Columbia Victory. Interviewed by Deborah Pye on Oct 25, 2007, Denholm talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Shepherd, Dale
Date: May 31, 2006
Dale Shepherd enlisted in the Merchant Marine in 1942 and served until 1946. Interviewed by Marian Poe on May 31, 2006, Shepherd talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was born in Raymond, Kansas, in 1923 and attended school in Alden, 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 Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Japanese air attacks following the Guadalcanal landings

Japanese air attacks following the Guadalcanal landings
Creator: Baker, Sharitt
Date: August 1942
Here are 10 photographs showing Japanese air attacks following the Guadalcanal landings during World War II. The photographs were taken from the U.S.S. Ralph Talbot. The destroyer was assigned to Task Group 62.6 (TG 62.6), and it sailed to Guadalcanal, arriving on the morning of August 7. On the 8th the destroyer took up patrol station north of Savo Island and on the 9th received word of three enemy ships inside Savo Island. Soon the shelling started, the Ralph Talbot was hit by a friendly destroyer, but within minutes an enemy cruiser appeared. Both ships opened fire and the Ralph Talbot took a hit in the chart house which destroyed radar equipment, cut fire control circuits, and ignited fires. Three more shells came in close succession, hitting the wardroom, the starboard quarter, and the underside of gun Number 4. Among the twelve dead were the doctor and the chief pharmacist's mate. When the enemy disappeared, the crew started dealing with damage caused by the shelling. Fire enveloped the bridge and the ship listed heavily to starboard. Slowing to one-third speed, the ship turned toward Savo. All radio communications to and from the vessel ceased, and twenty minutes later it stood in close to the shore where the crew worked to save the destroyer. With fires and flooding under control repair work began. Soon after communications were reestablished and repairs, including mattress patches on the hull, were sufficient to begin the journey back to the United States for repairs.


Kansas and Colorado

Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1877
Written in Norwegian, this is a Kansas Pacific Railroad company advertisement to emigrants from Norway describing the great and abundant land available for purchase in the area around Saline and McPherson Counties in Kansas.


Launching of the Battleship Kansas

Launching of the Battleship Kansas
Date: Unknown
United States Navy-Launching of the battleship Kansas with Gov. Hoch. Postcard


Loading potash from a conveyor to a ship at the Port of Long Beach, California

Loading potash from a conveyor to a ship at the Port of Long Beach, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1970
A photograph showing workers loading potash from a conveyor onto a ship at the Port of Long Beach, California. The potash was transported by Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway cars from Carlsbad, New Mexico.


Los Angeles Port of Embarkation, Wilmington, California

Los Angeles Port of Embarkation, Wilmington, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: December, 1945
This black and white photograph shows soldiers, returning from the South Pacific theater of war, at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation in Wilmington, California. The Port received over 100,000 returning servicemen in December, 1945.


Los Angeles Port of Embarkation, Wilmington, California

Los Angeles Port of Embarkation, Wilmington, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: December, 1945
This black and white photograph shows a ship filled with returning soldiers and sailors from the South Pacific at the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation in Wilmington, California. The Port received over 100,000 returning servicemen in December, 1945.


Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies

Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies
Creator: Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552
Date: Between A.D. 1552 and A.D. 1568
Hand-tinted woodcut map of the New World. The map's text is in Latin, except for a French title that translates as, "Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies." This map was the first to depict North and South America as separate from the rest of the world's land masses yet connected to each other by land. North America is labeled "Terra florida." Forests and mountains are indicated on the continents, and cannibals are depicted as living in present-day Brazil. All land masses and oceans are presented out of proper perspective. This map appeared in a French edition of the book Cosmographia by the German cartographer Sebastian Münster. The book was widely read, with about forty editions printed during the century following its first appearance in 1544.


Marine tugboat, Point Richmond, California

Marine tugboat, Point Richmond, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1950
This black and white photograph show the A. H. Payson, a marine tug, positioning a barge transporting freight cars into Ferry Point terminus, Point Richmond, California.


Michael B. Gaynor to his father

Michael B. Gaynor to his father
Creator: Gaynor, Michael B. d.1918
Date: 1918 ?
Michael B. Gaynor writes his father while at sea during World War I. Gaynor was killed in October 1918.


Sailing Vessel, NY, NY Harbor, Danmark, Pehr Ugland

Sailing Vessel, NY, NY Harbor, Danmark, Pehr Ugland
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: July 31, 1919
As Captain James Hughes' transport ship, the USS Zeelandia came into New York Harbor, July 31,1919, he photographed this sailing vessel, the Pehr Ugland, Denmark. Hughes and the rest of the soldiers on the Zeelandia were returning from the Army of Occupation duty in Europe at the end of World War I. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Sailors on the USS Hopewell

Sailors on the USS Hopewell
Date: Between 1943 and 1946
A photograph showing Harold Edward McNeive (in the back) and shipmates on the USS Hopewell. McNeive, from Topeka, Kansas, served on the destroyer, which was involved in numerous South Pacific battles during World War II.


Sailors on the USS Hopewell

Sailors on the USS Hopewell
Date: Between 1943 and 1946
Photographs of Harold Edward McNeive and shipmates on the USS Hopewell in the South Pacific during World War II.


Sailors on the USS Hopewell

Sailors on the USS Hopewell
Date: Between 1943 and 1946
A photograph of Harold Edward McNeive (on the right wearing a white sailor's hat) and shipmates playing cards on the USS Hopewell. McNeive, from Topeka, Kansas, spent most of his military duty on the destroyer, which was involved in numerous battles in the South Pacific during World War II.


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