Guide to the Edward Gehrke Collection

Special Collections & Archives
Oviatt Library
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8326


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Language of Material: Multiple languages
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Edward Gehrke Collection
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.EDG
Extent: 8.27 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1937-1995
Abstract: The Edward Gehrke Collection documents the military career of China Marine Edward Gehrke through photographs, ephemera, publications, and his military duffel, coat, and fatigues. Gehrke entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and served with Company 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Provisional Brigade at Guadalcanal, "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Division as a gunner, and served as part of the Okinawa invasion landing on April 1, 1945. After he served in Okinawa, he was stationed in Tsingtao, China, where he was a participant in accepting the Japanese Army surrender in China.
Language of Material: English, Japanese, Chinese

Biographical / Historical

Edward Gehrke entered the U.S. Marine Corps on November 22, 1943 at Chicago, Illinois. He attended boot camp at the California Artillery School, Camp Pendleton before shipping out of San Francisco in June 1944. He was briefly stationed at New Caledonia and New Hebrides before joining Company 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Provisional Brigade at Guadalcanal. He was transferred to "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Division as a gunner before sailing for Okinawa. He was part of the invasion landing on April 1, 1945. He was then shipped to Guam, and later to Tsingtao, China, where he was a participant in accepting the Japanese Army surrender in China. He returned to the U.S. in January 1946 and was discharged February 10, 1946.

Scope and Contents

The Edward Gehrke Collection contains photographs, clippings, uniforms, and ephemera from Gehrke's tour of duty. Publications include official government publications with information on local cultures and geography, as well as those that depict daily military life through humor and illustrations created by American military personnel. The collection also includes documentation of Gehrke's training and active service through records, training materials, and awards. Photographs primarily depict locations in Tsingtao and the activities of United States Marines. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Fred M. Greguras, 2019

Preferred Citation

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information

Mallory Furnier, 2020

Box 1, Folder 1

6th Marine Division Headquarters, Japanese Middle School Billet, ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 2

15th Marines Billet, Moltke Barracks, ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 3

Australia Pocket Guide, 1944

Box 1, Folder 4

Asahi Beer Labels, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

The Bulletin Sixth Marine Division China Edition, 1945

Folder 1

Chicago Newspaper Clippings, 1945

Box 1, Folder 6

The Daily Casual, June 1944

Box 2, Folder 2

Domain of the Golden Dragon and Neptunus Rex Certificates, ca. 1944-1945

Box 3, Item 1

Duffel Bag, ca. 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 7

Gehrke, Edward A. Biography, Clipping, and Photographs, ca. 1943-1945

Box 2, Folder 3

Gexco News, 1944

Box 1, Folder 8

Going Back to Civilian Life, War Department Pamphlet Number 21-4 and Greeting Card, August 1945

Box 4, Item 1

Helmet Cover, ca. 1943-1945

Box 2, Folder 1

Japanese Pencils, ca. 1944-1945

Box 1, Folder 9

Japanese Soldiers and Children Photographs, undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Leatherneck, December 1947

Box 1, Folder 10

Marine Corps Gazette, 1945

Box 1, Folder 11

The Marine's Handbook, 1940

Box 1, Folder 12

Netherlands East Indies Pocket Guide, 1944

Box 1, Folder 13

New Caledonia Pocket Guide, 1944

Box 1, Folder 14

North China Pictorial, 1946

Box 1, Folder 15

Okinawa Clothing Ration Stamps, 1944

Box 1, Folder 16

Press News, June 1944

Box 1, Folder 17

Propaganda, ca. 1937-1945

Box 1, Folder 18

Rifle Scorebook, 1944

Box 1, Folder 19

San Francisco Postcards, 1944

Box 1, Folder 20

Service Certificates, ca. 1947

Box 1, Folder 21

Service Prayer Book, May 1945

Box 1, Folder 22

Service Records, 1943-1946, 1995

Box 1, Folder 23

Service Records, Clippings, and Ephemera, 1944-1955

Box 1, Folder 24

South Pacific Daily News, July 1944

Box 1, Folder 25

Treasure Island, San Francisco Souvenir Folder, 1944

Box 1, Folder 26

Troopship!, War Department Pamphlet Number 21-6, 1944 January 22

Box 1, Folder 27

Tsingtao Bay Photographs, ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 28

Tsingtao, Gun Cleaning Photographs, November 1945

Box 2, Folder 5

Tsingtao Japanese Surrender Announcements, ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 29

Tsingtao Japanese Surrender Street Photographs, 1945

Box 1, Folder 30

Tsingtao Race Course and Stadium Photographs, ca. 1945

Box 2, Folder 6

Tsingtao Scrapbook Pages, 1944-1946

Box 1, Folder 31

Tsingtao Street Views Photographs, ca. 1945

Box 1, Folder 32

United States Marines Photographs, ca. 1943-1945

Box 4, Item 2

Utility Uniform Field Cap, ca. 1943-1945

Box 4, Item 3

Utility Uniform Garrison Cap, ca. 1943-1945

Box 4, Item 4

Utility Uniform Shirt, ca. 1943-1945

Box 4, Item 5

Utility Uniform Trousers, ca. 1943-1945

Box 5, Item 1

Winter Wool Garrison Cap, ca. 1943-1945

Box 5, Item 2

Winter Wool Overcoat, ca. 1943-1945

Box 5, Item 3

Winter Wool Trousers, ca. 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 33

Women and Children Photographs, undated