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Collection John A. Auby Jr
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 895
Object Name Archive
Title Photographs 1942-1983, (bulk 1942-1945).
Year Range from 1942
Year Range to 1945
Event World War II
Description Photographs and picture postcards pertaining to the service of John A. Auby Jr. of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin a medic with the 329th Air Force Service Group, 42nd Service Squadron, in the North African campaign of World War II. The bulk of this collection consists of photographs concerning military life and the soldier as "tourist" and primarily are informal shots taken in North Africa and India. These photographs and picture postcards are of soldiers, military vehicles, United Service Organizations' performers, buildings, street scenes, and interactions with natives. Locations depicted include: Nouvion and Oran (Algeria), Myitkyina (Burma), Cairo (Egypt), the Brahmaputra River, Dinjan, and Jorhat (India), Mesagen and Casablanca (Morocco), Naples and Palermo (Italy), Messina (Sicily), Tunisia, and various other locations. Soldiers are identified on some of the photographs of this collection. They include: Al Castleman, Conner, Bob Link, McBride, Parcell, Waddell, and Captains Alpert, Burke, and Reas. Photographs depicting military vehicles include tank landing ships, jeeps, a B-25 bomber, disabled Sherman tank, and military motorcycle. Unique photographs documenting interaction with natives include soldiers and Indian natives on an elephant and soldiers eating dinner with Algerians. Of special note are photographs of Egyptian Bedouins praying in the desert, India's Gurkha troops, a Koran school meeting, and a snake charmer. Of the photographs depicting United Service Organizations' shows is one of the contortionist Betty Yeaton, actor Pat O'Brien and actress Jinx Falkenberg. Of special note among the photographs depicting military life are soldiers: playing volleyball in Nouvian, working in an instrument trailer, traveling on Brahmaputra River boat, and celebrating the New Year of 1945. One unique military photograph of this collection depicts two field toilets placed next to a downed German aircraft on which a picture of Adolph Hitler is affixed to it along with the words, "Shit House Boss." Another unique photograph is of an officer and a nurse pointing and laughing at a mural on a wall that depicts a nurse giving a shot in the buttocks to an American soldier while others laugh. None of the postcards have written messages on the reverse side. There is one humorous postcard that is a cartoon of a soldier sitting on a balloon kissing a girl while an MP tries to climb the rope.
Extent and Medium of Description 0.4 linear ft. (1 archives box)
Biographical Record Auby, John A. Jr.
Subjects Veterans -- Wisconsin.
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Sun Prairie.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North.
Military camps -- Egypt.
Infantry drill and tactics.
Jeep automobile.
Landing craft.
Sherman tanks.
Motorcycles, Military.
Soldiers -- Humor.
Soldiers -- Recreation.
Gurkha soldiers.
Snake charmers -- India.
Hindu funeral rites and ceremonies.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Public opinion.
Named Corp:United States. Army -- Military life.
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Service Group, 329th.
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Service Squadron, 42nd.
Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Picture postcards.
Geographic:Burma -- Description and travel.
Egypt -- Description and travel.
Algeria -- Description and travel.
Morocco -- Description and travel.
India -- Description and travel.
Sicily (Italy) -- Description and travel.
Tunisia -- Description and travel.