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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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.