The U.S. Undersecretary of War and Major General Harris M. Melasky shake hands, 1945


Photograph. Robert P. Patterson, U.S. Undersecretary of War shakes hands with Major General Harris M. Melasky, Commander of the 86th Infantry Division. Official Caption: "Rome, 4/7/45--General Greeted--U.S. Undersectratary of War Robert P. Patterson greets Major General Harris M. Melasky, Commander of the famous 86th (Blackhawk) Division of the U.S. Third Army which is en route from European to the Pacific theater of war. The 86th Division joined the Third Army in February, 1945, and in 42 days of combat captured 77,000 German troops.--International news photo through Rome OWI--Approved by appropriate military authority--(list A out) 6998." Location unknown. 7 April 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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Shaking hands