William D. Bryan Jr. Papers

1943–1945
Manuscript Collection #510
Creator(s)
Bryan, William D., Jr.
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 4 volumes , copies, containing correspondence, personal notations, orders, addresses, photographs, equipment lists, and reports.
Preferred Citation
William D. Bryan Jr. Papers (#510), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1943–1945) including copies of correspondence, personal notations, orders, addresses, photographs, reminiscences, equipment lists, and reports pertaining to his World War II service with the 14th Malaria Control Unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps in New Guinea and the Philippines, 1943–1945, including references to malaria control, military issues, and incidents involving Japanese, American and Filipino forces.


Biographical/historical information

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 scrub-typhus 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.


Scope and arrangement

Correspondence labeled "Secret" (31 August 1944) gives a detailed report of malaria control activities 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.

Copies of Guinea Gold (1943–1944) reflect the war activities in the Pacific.

Photographs and copies concern native labor crews, the l4th Malaria Control Unit, equipment, living quarters, and jungle areas.

For related material see William D. Bryan Jr. Oral History Interview (#OH0090), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Administrative information
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Gift of William D. Bryan Jr.

Gift of Estate of William D. Bryan Jr.

Processing information

Processed by V. Leary, September 1987

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Related material

William D. Bryan Jr. Oral History Interview (#OH0090), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Container list
Box 15 Folder f The Daily Sunday Oro Bayer v. 1, n. 38-v. 1, no. 41 (17-20 November 1943), Southwest Pacific Area, published by the 12 S.S.C. under the direction of Base Sepcial Service. Newsletters. Mimeographed. 4 items. 4 p
Box 15 Folder f Yank Far East, v. 2, no. 24 (1/12/1945) published by the U. S. Army Information and Education Section (APO 927). Periodical. Printed. 1 item. 12 p
Box 15 Folder f "Banzai At Burauen," by Maj. Herboert O. Johansen, Air Force Magazine (March 1945), pp. 2-7, 46. Clipping. Printed. 1 item. 5 p