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Iowa's WWII Stories: Resources

posted on April 8, 2006 at 5:12 PM

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390th Bomb Group

This is a link to the 390th bomb group Web site in Framlingham, England. This site includes photographs and a brief history of Framlingham Station 135 where B-17 bombers took off to attack targets in Germany.

African American Forces and the Tuskegee Airmen
This link leads to descriptions and photographs of African American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that served during World War II.

Alamo Scouts
This link leads to the homepage of the Alamo Scouts, an elite group of soldiers attached to the 6th Army from late 1943 until the end of World War II. The mission of the Scouts was to provide intelligence and reconnaissance information for the 6th Army. This site includes a brief description of the history of the Scouts, as well as several photographs.

Army Medical Corps and the 110th Evacuation Hospital
This link leads to an article about the various medical and hospital units deployed during World War II.

Battle of the Bulge
This link leads to an in-depth article about the Battle of the Bulge. This page has links to descriptions and photographs of the battle that took place between mid-December 1944 and mid-January 1945.

This link leads to descriptions from the Office of Price Administration that controlled the use and distribution of ration coupons.

Pacific Theater of Operations and the Attack on Makin Island
This link leads to a description of the attack on various islands in the Pacific Ocean. It includes a short section on the attack of Makin Island which took place between January 31 and February 8, 1944. There are links to several photographs from each of the battles mentioned in the article.

Raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima
This article is the transcribed oral history of Pharmacist Mate Second Class John Bradley, one of the seven men who raised the United States flag on Mount Sirbachi on February 23, 1945. Bradley was a member of the 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division.

Signing of the Instrument of Surrender, September 2, 1945
This link leads to a brief description and photographs of the signing of the Instrument of Surrender by representatives of the United States military and the Japanese Imperial Government on September 2, 1945.

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
This link leads to the Fort Des Moines Museum Web site which contains descriptions of both the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps from World War II and the African-American officer candidate school from World War I.

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