Frank A. Armstrong Jr., Papers, 1927-1969, 1999, 2001

Manuscript Collection #35

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  • Box 1
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    • Folder a
      Correspondence, 1960-1967. 12 items.
    • Folder b
      "Lieutenant General Frank Armstrong Case File for Missiles in Alaska," compiled by historian, Headquarters, 3d Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Spiralbound. 1 item. 1959-1960
    • Folder c
      Armstrong # 1 – 6 (1961) scripts for introductions to television film of General Armstrong’s retirement from the Air Force and the Alaska Air Command. 2 items. 1961.
    • Folder d
      Retirement ceremony clipping, Sourdough Sentinel (8/4/1961). 1 item.
    • Folder e
      "A Bigger Than Life Hero", a speech by Major General “Cotton” Hildreth regarding General Armstrong’s son, Frank Alton Armstrong, III (1930-1967), who was killed in Vietnam in 1967; the speech was read at the dedication ceremony for General Armstrong’s birthplace; also portrait of Frank, III. Photocopy typescript. 1 item.
    • Folder f
      Notes for a speech by General Armstrong’s grandson, Frank A. Armstrong, read at the dedication ceremony for General Armstrong’s birthplace. 1 item. undated.
    • Folder g  (1 item digitized)
      Photograph (3/28/2001) of the historical marker at the boyhood home of General Armstrong. 1 item.
    • Folder h
      Tactical Mission Report (7/17/1943) 1 item.
    • Folder i
      Tactical Mission Report (8/14, 8/15/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder os4  (1 item digitized)
      "So Near Heaven and Surrounded By Hell," a diary of Armstrong's experience as brigadier general and pilot leading the U. S. 8th Air Force Bomber Command's B-17 raids over Germany during WWII, which later became the basis of the popular novel and film "Twelve O'Clock High." Typescript manuscript. 1 original, 3 photocopies. Use of the original is RESTRICTED; instead use the photocopy or the digitized version on the Digital Collections website. Removed from 35.1.b. 4 items. 1942-1944.
    • Folder os5  (1 item digitized)
      "Wake the Sleeping Giant" by Lieutenant General Frank A. Armstrong, Jr., USAF (Ret.) as told to William E. Hickenbotham. Typescript manuscript. 1 original, 1 photocopy. Use of the original is RESTRICTED; instead use the photocopy or the digitized version on the Digital Collections website. Removed from 35.1.c. 2 items. 1960-1961.
    • Folder os6  (1 item digitized)
      The Japanese Surrender, U.S.S. Missouri, Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945 (1945) a photograph showing Chester W. Nimitz signing the terms of surrender. Use of the original is RESTRICTED; instead use the digitized version on the Digital Collections website. Removed from 35.1.i. 1 item. 1945.
  • Box 2
    • Folder a
      Tactical Mission Report (7/15, 7/22, 7/25/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder b
      Tactical Mission Report (6/26, 6/29, 7/2/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder c
      Brigadier General Frank A Armstrong Jr. 0-17459 Individual Flight Records (Form 5'S) (12/15/1932 - 12/31/1936) 1 item.
  • Box 3
    • Folder a
      Flight Records (1/29/1937 - 5/2/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder b
      Brigadier General Frank A Armstrong Jr. 0-17459 Individual Flight Records (Form 5'S) (8/1/1932 - 5/1/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder c
      Brigadier General Frank A Armstrong Jr. 0-17459 Command Pilot Allied Papers (6/15/1929-5/1/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder d
      Brigadier General Frank A Armstrong Jr. 0-17459 Command Pilot Allied Papers (6/15/1929-5/1/1945) 1 item.
    • Folder e
      Cadet F. Armstrong's Pilot's Book, Air Service, U. S. Army (3/15/1928-9/28/1929) 1 item.
  • Box 4
    • Folder a
      Speeches by various politicians and officers. 25 items.
    • Folder b
      Pamphlets from Alaska. 3 items.
    • Folder c
      Publications: The Petticoat Press (Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1953; Vol. 5, No. 1, July 1956), Otem Optics (Vol. 6, No. 2, February 1961) with photographs of and stories about Lt. Gen. Armstrong and/or Mrs. Armstrong. 3 items.
    • Folder d
      Norwegian flight clippings (September 1949). 34 items.
    • Folder e
      Mrs. Armstrong Inaugural Guest Program Material. 13 items.
    • Folder f
      Newspaper clippings about Frank A. Armstrong, Jr., his wife, and his death. 43 items.
    • Folder g
      Citations, awards, and invitations. 12 items.
    • Folder h
      Miscellaneous materials. 8 items.
  • Box 5
    • Folder a
      Target Germany: The Army Air Forces' official story of the VIII Bomber Command's first year over Europe. 1 item.
    • Folder b
      Familiarization Manual Maintenance of Model B-17 Bombardment Airplane (February 1, 1943). Inscribed "To Frank Armstrong from Houston." 1 item.
    • Folder c
      Twelve O'Clock High by Beirne Lay, Jr. and Sy Bartlett. 1 item.
    • Folder d
      55-I Yearbook "Flare" 1 item.
  • Box 6
    • Folder a
      Copies of Service Record, 1927-1930. 57 items.
    • Folder b
      Copies of Service Record, 1931-1937. 76 items.
    • Folder c
      Copies of Service Record, 1938-1942. 78 items.
    • Folder d
      Copies of Service Record, 1943-1947. 76 items.
  • Box 7
    • Folder a
      Copies of Service Record, 1948-1958. 69 items.
    • Folder b
      Copies of Service Record, 1960-1969. 54 items.
    • Folder c
      Copies of Service Record; Histories; Miscellaneous Materials. 32 items.
Box 14
  • Box 15
    Original audio and video reel to reel tapes. Use of these is RESTRICTED; instead use the VHS and DVD reformatted copies in box 35.16. Included are the following titles:
    • Presidential visit June 1960 (Elmendorf AFB, Alaska) Change of command parade.  (item #1)
    • 6-polar bear hunt: Seals & polar bear chase (Chuck).  (item #2)
    • Bear hunt, Alaska.  (item #3)
    • Bear hunt #1, Dick Poutelle.  (item #4)
    • Bear hunt #2.  (item #5)
    • Fishing at Naknek.  (item #6)
    • Norway.  (item #7)
    • Crash (Fluzz Fuz).  (item #8)
    • Family.  (item #9)
    • Misc. good out take.  (item #10)
    • Gunnin (out take).  (item #11)
    • Out take - Philippines.  (item #12)
  • Box 16
    VHS videocassettes and DVD reformatted copies of the reel to reel tapes found in box 35.15. Includes the following titles on four 30-minute VHS videocassettes. Also included are two 120-minute VHS videocassette copies and two DVD copies of the four 30-minute tapes.
    • Address - Parade; Review - Alaska. 17 min. Sound.  (item #1)
    • Golf - Parade Review. 15 min. No Sound.  (item #2)
    • B-36, F-86's, Shemya, Building Burning. 9 min. No Sound.  (item #3)
    • Icebergs & Ice Flows. 19 min. No Sound.  (item #4)
    • copy 1, 120-minute VHS videocassette  (item #5)
    • copy 2, 120-minute VHS videocassette  (item #6)
    • copy 3, DVD  (item #7)
    • copy 4, DVD  (item #8)
Oversize Folder 14os1
Photographs pulled from scrapbook (35.14). RESTRICTED – Consult staff for details or see digitized version on Digital Collections website. 2 items. 1951-1956.
Oversize Folder 14os2
Photographs pulled from scrapbook (35.14). RESTRICTED – Consult staff for details or see digitized version on Digital Collections website. 6 items. 1951-1956.
Oversize Folder 14os3
Photographs pulled from scrapbook (35.14). RESTRICTED – Consult staff for details or see digitized version on Digital Collections website. 4 items. 1951-1956.

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