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Collection Title: Gaudet (William) World War II Okinawa Photographs

Collection Number: M421

Dates: 1945-1946

Volume: .5 cu. ft.

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by William Gaudet in 1997.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Edward William “Bill” Gaudet was born on August 9, 1915 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in March 1942, and in December of that year he was sent to bombsight school in Denver, Colorado. While in Colorado, Gaudet taught a class on the theory of bombing. In September 1943 he applied for ground officers’ school, and in June 1944 he graduated from Yale University. He then trained at the Mississippi Ordinance Plant with the 1940th Aviation Ordinance Company. He left on May 13, 1945 for the Pacific theatre, and landed on Okinawa, Japan on July 1, 1945. On February 1, 1946, Gaudet was promoted to First Lieutenant.


Case File

Scope and Content:

This collection contains photographs taken by William Gaudet while stationed on the island of Okinawa, Japan from 1945 to 1946. The photographs range from a series of photos taken at a leper colony, to military camp scenes and U.S. Naval ships sunk by a typhoon. For anyone interested in the Pacific theatre during World War II, these photographs show war-ravaged Okinawa and Tokyo, as well as the local people living there.

Other Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List
Photograph Log

Related Collections:
AM 99-110 Sundell (Carl H.) World War II Memoir
M275 Fike (Claude E.) World War II Diary
M278 Bullock (Pat H.) World War II Papers
M283 Okinawa World War II Photographs

Gaudet (William) World War II Okinawa Photographs
Box and Folder List

Box 1    
  Folder 1 Photographs: 1940th Aviation Ordinance Company
  Folder 2 Photographs: Airplanes
  Folder 3 Photographs: Buildings
  Folder 4 Photographs: Children
  Folder 5 Photographs: Church services
  Folder 6 Photographs: Kamikaze
  Folder 7 Photographs: Landing crafts
  Folder 8 Photographs: Leper Colony- Yaguchi Island
  Folder 9 Photographs: Miscellaneous
  Folder 10 Photographs: Motobo
  Folder 11 Photographs: Okinawan Natives
  Folder 12 Photographs: Okinawan tombs
  Folder 13 Photographs: Railyard
  Folder 14 Photographs: Shuri castle
  Folder 15 Photographs: Tokyo
  Folder 16 Photographs: U.S. Cemeteries in Okinawa
  Folder 17 Photographs: U.S. Navy ships sunk by typhoon
  Folder 18 Photographs: U.S. Tanks

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