Inventory of the Gerard William Kelley papers

Finding aid prepared by Natasha Porfirenko
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Gerard William Kelley papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1955
Collection Number: 70009
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope, 1 album box (1.3 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, diary, orders, memoranda, and photographs relating to American military operations on Saipan, the Marianas, Makin Atoll, and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kelley, Gerard William, 1903-1969.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gerard William Kelley papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1970.


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Biographical Note

Brigadier general, United States Army; commanding officer, 165th Infantry Regiment, 1943-1945.

Scope and Content of Collection

Collection includes correspondence, diary, orders, memoranda, and photographs relating to American military operations on Saipan, the Marianas, Makin Atoll, and elsewhere in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 165th.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.


165th Infantry File, 1942-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Orders, special orders, memorandum, and other materials regarding information covering the island of Hawaii. Headquarters, Hawaiian Department, Office of the Department of Engineer, 1942-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Correspondence, Headquarters 165th Infantry, APO 27, San Francisco, California, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Record of Operation FORAGER, unit journal, 1944 January 16 - August 16


Controversial Publications, 1944-1955

Scope and Contents note

Regarding the battle of Saipan, concerning the 27th Division.

"Campaign in the Marianas" manuscript by Dr. Philip A. Crowl

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Review of the manuscript by author

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Resume of Gerard Kelley's experience as a member of the review panel to discuss the manuscript, 1955

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Correspondence with extensive comments, 1954-1955


General Smith's article

Scope and Contents note

Time magazine, 1944 September 18.
Box/Folder 1 : 7

Gerard Kelley review of the article, 1944 Ocotober 21

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Refutation of article, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Secret special operations map, Saipan area, 1944 March


Colonel Gerard W. Kelley File, 1942-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Diary, 1942

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Diary, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Notes and diary, Makin and Saipan, 1943-1944

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Citation, to accompany General Orders, Headquarters, 165th Infantry, 1945 January 17

Box/Folder 2 : 2-4

Office correspondence, 1944-1945


Printed Matter, 1943-1946

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Saipan: Eyewitness Tells of Island Fight," by Robert Sherrod, magazine article, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Clippings, 1943

Box/Folder 2 : 7

The Capture of Makin (20 November-24 November 1943), Historical Division, War Department, Washington, D.C., 1946


Photographs, 1943

Envelope mA

21 prints depicting activities of the 165th Infantry in the Pacific area in World War II, 1943

Album fB

Album depicting the battle of Makin Atoll, Butaritari, and the Gilbert Islands fought by the 165th Infantry, 1943 November 20-23