June 12, 1986, 1 volume, Copies; Binding containing correspondence, reports, photographs, reminiscences, and orders pertaining to the 14th Malaria Control Unit on New Guinea and the Philippines (1944-1945)
July 24, 1987, 3 volumes, Copies; Memo book (1943-1944) and binders containing copies of
Guinea Gold (1943-1944). Gift of William D. Bryan, Jr., Tarboro, NC
May 19, 1997 (unprocessed addition 1), 7 cubic feet; Papers of sanitary engineer concerned with malaria control in the Philippine Islands during World War II, including correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, note books, and miscellany. Donor: Estate of William D. Bryan, Jr.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
William D. Bryan, Jr., Papers (#510), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of William D. Bryan, Jr.
- Gift of Estate of William D. Bryan, Jr
In July 1943, Sanitary Engineer, Capt. William D. Bryan, Jr., was assigned to the First Air Task Force (FATF), Dobodura, New Guinea, and worked in the area from Dutch New Guinea to the Philippine Islands. His work primarily concerned malaria control.
Captain Bryan's unit also was concerned with the control of an epidemic of scrubtyphus on Owi Island, Dutch New Guinea. Through the efforts of Col. Duran H. Summers and Com. Bryan, several prophylactic control measures were accomplished in insect control resulting in increased safety and effectiveness of Allied Forces fighting in the Pacific Theatre in World War II.
Correspondence labeled "Secret" (8/31/44) gives a detailed report of malaria control activites for August 1944. A letter or diary entry describes Bryan's move to Fort McKinley in the Philippines and obstacles involved in the move. Also noted is the qualification of Philippine Guerilla Forces for promotion and the capture of Philippine Army Lieutenant Edgie D'Asis, his imprisonment and subsequent work for a Japanese admiral as interpreter, and his recapture by U.S. Forces.
The memoranda book includes notations on the incidence of typhus and malaria by month. Also included is a list of commonly used words and phrases with English translations.
Guinea Gold (1943-1944) reflect the war activities in the Pacific.
Photographs and copies concern native labor crews, the 14th Malaria Control Unit, equipment, living quarters, and jungle areas.
For related material see Oral History Collection, Interview #90.