Raymond Fleming enlisted in the US Army
on January 29, 1942 on Christmas Island, where he worked as an Assistant Engineer. He served
in the Pacific Theater as an Army Engineer throughout 1942.The collection documents his
experiences on Christmas Island in late 1941, especially on Pearl Harbor Day, and as an Army
Engineer in the Pacific Theater in 1942. It consists primarily of diaries written by Fleming
between November 1941 and June 1942, and one diary from 1946 that documents his experiences
immediately following the war, including his civilian work and marriage.
Raymond Creffield Fleming was born August 19, 1916 in Washington state. After he and his
family moved to San Francisco, he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he
served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). In November 1941, he sailed on the SS
Haleakala from Honolulu to Christmas Island, where he worked as an Assistant Engineer until
enlisting in the US Army on January 29, 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater as an Army
Engineer throughout 1942.
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