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Collection Title: Gaudet (William) World War II Okinawa Photographs
Collection Number: M421
Volume: .5 cu. ft.
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.
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.
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