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[HAND-ANNOTATED ALBUM CONTAINING EIGHTY-SIX PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURING A SEGREGATED AFRICAN-AMERICAN REGIMENT STATIONED IN ADAK, ALASKA DURING WORLD WAR II]
[Adak, Ak, 1945. Eighty-six photographs, mostly 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, cornered into album pages. Brad-bound album pages, some loose. Covers lacking, album pages chipped, but photographs in very good condition. A wonderful collection of vernacular photography featuring a segregated African-American regiment in Adak, Alaska on the Aleutian Islands during World War II. Adak Island was an important strategic base for American operations against the encroaching Japanese forces during World War II. Adak Army Airfield was established on Aug. 30, 1942, to provide a forward base from which to attack Japanese forces on neighboring Kiska Island. The first four photos in the album show boxing legend, Joe Louis, who spent a great deal of time during World War II traveling around to various military installments to put on promotional boxing matches in an effort to raise money for the war. Louis is known to have fought Alaskan boxing champion Percy Blatchford in Adak during Blatchford's military service there. The remainder, and great majority of the album is composed of posed photographs of various members of an African-American regiment stationed on Adak Island during World War II. Each photograph is hand-annotated with names identifying the subjects of the photographs, including Joe Figgins, Bill Tucker, Andy Speaks, Harry Butler, Kenny Range, Hadie Owens, Tommie Rucker, Leroy Cook, Bill LaFleur, Henry Duncan, George Williams, and many others. Occasional commentary is added to the notations, including one photo captioned "Catching some Aleutian Sunshine." Sometimes the captions are humorous, as in ""Big Bill Lee - Chicago's Gift to Adak." One photograph clearly shows gravestones with Japanese writing; this photo is captioned "Jap graves." Incidentally, this may be a unique surviving view of the Japanese cemetery on Adak, as the 236 Japanese dead were taken from Adak and reburied in Japan's Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in 1953. A few photographs show natural features, such as the Bering Sea, and man-made features, such as the "Bay Shore Highway." The last fifteen photos show black soldiers on tractors in a barren landscape; the soldiers are perhaps part of an engineering corps on Adak. A rare glimpse into the African-American soldiering life during World War II, in a rarely-seen setting during the conflict.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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