Portrait of Army Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., 1945


Photograph, portrait. Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr., Commander of the American forces on Okinawa. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/19/45--U.S. General killed--Lieut. General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., Commander of the American forces on Okinawa, was killed June 18, 1945, by a Japanese shell during the closing days of his victorious campaign to conquer the enemy island in the Ryukyu group. +Army photo approved by appropriate military authority--serviced by Rome OWI (A List Out). 6801." Location unknown.”19 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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