The Fred Bridges Photograph Collection
contains photographs documenting street scenes, local events, and individual U.S. Marines
stationed in Tanggu and Tientsin, China as part of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. A
booklet issued to Marines stationed in China provides insight into American perceptions of
China immediately following World War II.
Fred Bridges took part in the World War II invasion of Normandy as a Navy hospital
corpsman. After the invasion he was transferred to the Fleet Marines, before being assigned
to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. As part of that Battalion, Bridges went to Okinawa and
then to Tanggu and Tientsin, China in September 1945. He returned to the United States on
the USS General Meigs and attended college after completing his
service. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Army and went to Korea and served as a fort and air
observer. After Korea he returned to the U.S. to finish school, and became a math, science,
and P.E. teacher at a middle school in Portland, Oregon. He also joined the Army Reserve and
retired as a Captain.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of
this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires
the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any
use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.