William D. Bryan Jr. Papers, 1943–1945

Manuscript Collection #510

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: William D. Bryan Jr. Papers
    Creator: Bryan, William D., Jr.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: 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.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 4 volumes , copies, containing correspondence, personal notations, orders, addresses, photographs, equipment lists, and reports.
  • Description
     

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    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.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of William D. Bryan Jr.
    Gift of Estate of William D. Bryan Jr.

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    William D. Bryan Jr. Papers (#510), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by V. Leary, September 1987

    Encoded by Apex Data Services


Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • 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. (item 1)
      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. (item 2)
      "Banzai At Burauen," by Maj. Herboert O. Johansen, Air Force Magazine (March 1945), pp. 2-7, 46. Clipping. Printed. 1 item. 5 p. (item 3)

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Preliminary Inventory

  • 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. (item 1)
      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. (item 2)
      "Banzai At Burauen," by Maj. Herboert O. Johansen, Air Force Magazine (March 1945), pp. 2-7, 46. Clipping. Printed. 1 item. 5 p. (item 3)

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