Register of the Paul LeRoy Jones papers

Finding aid prepared by Beth Goder
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Paul LeRoy Jones papers
Date (inclusive): 1928-1994
Collection Number: 80149
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder (5.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection contains photographs, press releases, clippings, speeches, orders, maps, and a diary relating to Allied military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II and to General Joseph W. Stilwell.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Jones, Paul LeRoy, 1906-


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul LeRoy Jones papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

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Jack Silvey motion picture film, Hoover Institution Archives
Jesse Conn Miller photographs, Hoover Institution Archives
John N. Hart letters received, Hoover Institution Archives
Joseph Warren Stilwell papers, Hoover Institution Archives
William E. R. Covell papers, Hoover Institution Archives

Biographical Note

1906 Born
1920s, circa Radio communicator in San Diego and San Francisco
1928 October - 1929 June Cadet, United States Air Corps
1929, circa Accepted a reserve commission in the Chemical Warfare Service of the United States Air Corps
1941 April Joined 7th Division, Infantry, United States Army
1941 August Assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion (heavy weapons company)
1942 February, circa Promoted to captain
  Worked as a railroad operations officer
1942 March Traveled to India and Burma
  Appointed liaison and courier to the Chinese 5th and 6th Armies
1942 May Participated in Joseph Stilwell's Burma walkout
1942 June Promoted to major
1942 October Appointed headquarters commandant and assistant to the acting assistant, G-4, acting as a transportation officer, possibly for Services of Supply (S.O.S.)
1943 October Promoted to lieutenant colonel
1943-1944, circa Public relations officer, China-Burma-India Theater
  Member of CBI Radio Team
  Oversaw delivery of supplies for Services of Supply (S.O.S.), China Defense Supplies
1944 Received Bronze Star
1944 December Returned to United States
1945 Worked for the Office of Information Services for Army Ground Forces, Public Relations
1945 September-October Public relations work in Okinawa, Japan
1945 November Returned to civilian life in California while remaining in the Army Reserves
CBI Roundup, June 22, 1944, and November 9, 1944. Accessed through CBI Theater:
Jones, Paul L. "The Withdrawal from Burma and the Stilwell Walkout." Ex-CBI Roundup, May 1992. Accessed through CBI Theater:

Scope and Content of Collection

Consisting mainly of photographs, the Paul LeRoy Jones papers relate to Allied military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II, the Burma walkout in 1942, and General Joseph W. Stilwell.
The China-Burma-India Theater file includes the transcript of a diary that Jones kept from 1941 to 1945 documenting his experience in the China-Burma-India Theater and his interactions with General Stilwell. . The diary includes entries from May 1942, when Jones participated in the walkout through Burma to India led by General Stilwell. In the diary, Jones discusses his work with transportation of supplies, radio broadcasting programs, and his responses to world events. Explanatory notes, which Jones made at a later date, can be found throughout the diary. This file also includes documents by and about Stilwell, such as correspondence, clippings, press releases, statements by Stilwell, and the typescript "The Stilwell Story" by Finis Farr.
Jones held various jobs during the war that required him to travel extensively in the China-Burma-India Theater. Since he was assisting the Signal Corps, Jones was allowed to take photographs during his assignments. The Photographs contain images of areas where Jones was stationed, the construction of the Ledo Road, and Joseph Stilwell. Photographs that were previously separated still retain their original groupings in envelopes and have been integrated into the collection.
Additional photographs can be found in the Scrapbooks. The collection contains a scrapbook documenting the Burma walkout, which contains photographs, diary entries, and a map with a red line marking the walkout path. The second scrapbook documents Jones' time in Assam, where he was in charge of materials from China Defense Supplies that went over "The Hump." The third scrapbook concerns the surrender of Ryukyus Islands at Tenth Army Headquarters on Okinawa.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946
United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
World War, 1939-1945--China.


China-Burma-India Theater File, 1928-1994

Scope and Contents note

Includes press releases, clippings, speeches, orders, maps, and transcript of Jones' diary. Arranged alphabetically by format.


Box/Folder 1 : 1

Claire Chennault's retirement, 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 2

China, 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 3

China and Japan, 1945

Box 5

Oversize magazine clippings, 1942-1944

Scope and Contents note

Includes Life article by Clare Booth Luce
Box/Folder 1 : 4-5

Diary of Paul L. Jones, 1941-1945

Scope and Contents note

Typed transcript, includes notes
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Maps, 1943, undated

Map case

Map of Burma, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Orders, 1928-1945


Subject file

Box/Folder 1 : 8-11

Stilwell, Joseph, 1942-1994


Wetzel, Nevin

Box/Folder 1 : 12

General, 1941-1986, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Engineer in the Far East: Memoirs of World War II in China, Burma and India, 1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter
Box/Folder 2 : 1-2

Miscellany, 1942, 1944


Photographs, 1942-1945

Scope and Contents note

Includes black and white photographic prints, negatives, and slides. Arranged by format, with two groups of photographs. Includes photographs previously listed in the Hoover photograph card catalog. See also Scrapbooks.

Photographs previously separated, 1941-1946

Scope and Contents note

Originally listed in the Hoover photograph card catalog
Box/Folder 2 : 3

Envelope A. 12 prints of military facilities in India, 1943; 18 prints of air base at Kweilin, China, 1944

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Envelope B. 61 prints of Kunming, China, including exercises with Chinese soldiers, 1944; 13 prints of Chungking, China, 1942-1943; 9 prints of funeral arrangements of Lin Shen, 1943; 4 prints of Chinese troops in Burma, 1944, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 5-6

Envelope C and D. 97 prints relating to the construction of the Ledo Road, Burma, 1943-1944; 18 prints of facilities and troops in Burma, 1944

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Envelope E. 59 prints relating to the Battle of Myitkyina and the jungle training facility and general area after the battle, Burma, 1944

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Envelope F. 42 prints of Chinese soldiers at training facility in Rangarh, India, 1943; 9 prints of construction of an air base at Cheng Tu, China, 1944; 3 prints (unidentified) in the China-Burma-India Theater, circa 1942-1945

Box/Folder 3 : 3-5

Envelope G, H and I. 105 prints of Joseph Stilwell, William Bergin, Chiang Kai-shek, Chou En-lai, Chu Teh, Claire Chennault, John Dill, Patrick Hurley, Douglas MacArthur, Mao Tse-tung, Frank Merrill, Brehon Somervell, Daniel I. Sultan, and others, 1941-1945

Box/Folder 3 : 6

Envelope J. 15 prints of Joseph Stilwell with his family; 6 prints of Stilwell touring a Chrysler tank factory, 1945

Box/Folder 4 : 1

Envelope K. 16 negatives of the 73rd Evacuation Hospital in North Burma, 1944; 26 negatives of Joseph Stilwell, Claire Chennault, and others, 1942-1946


Photographs retained with collection, 1942-1945

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Burma, 1944, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 3

[Cheng Tu Air Base], 1943

Box/Folder 4 : 4

Chinese military cemetery near Kunming, China, 1944

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Chinese troops near Ledo Road, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 6-9

Chungking, China, 1942-1944

Scope and Contents note

Includes headquarters
Box/Folder 4 : 10

Chungking, China, and Washington, D.C., circa 1943, 1945

Box/Folder 4 : 11

Japanese surrender at Okinawa, 1945

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter. See also Scrapbooks
Box/Folder 4 : 12

Kunming, China, 1943, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 13

Kweilin Air Base, 1944

Box/Folder 4 : 14

Mandalay, Burma, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Includes one print of area after bombing
Box/Folder 4 : 15

Maymyo, Burma, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Currently named Pyin U Lwin
Box/Folder 4 : 16

Myitkyina air strip, 1944

Box/Folder 4 : 17

Stilwell, Joseph (includes "Uncle Joe's Chariot," Chungking and Kandy Ceylon), 1944, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 18

War correspondents and photographers who went on first B-29 raid from Cheng Tu, China, 1944

Box/Folder 4 : 19

Slides, undated


Negatives, 1942-1944, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 20

Stilwell; Bill Bergin; CBI Headquarters in Chungking, undated

Box 6

Assam, India and Kunming, China, undated

Scope and Contents note

Roll of negatives
Box 6

Bombing mission, 10th Air Force, undated

Scope and Contents note

See China-Burma-India Theater file, diary. Roll of negatives
Box 6

China, Chungking. Chinese temples. Ledo Road. India general, 1942-1944

Scope and Contents note

Roll of 35 mm negatives
Box 6

Ledo Road, undated

Scope and Contents note

Roll of negatives
Box 6

P38 and [P51] planes at an air base in India, circa 1944

Scope and Contents note

Roll of negatives
Box 6

Stilwell (Ledo) Road under construction, circa 1944

Scope and Contents note


Scrapbooks, 1942-1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes three scrapbooks containing photographs, memoranda, reports, correspondence, maps, a badge, and clippings.

Burma walkout, 1942-1987

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Original housing, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 2-3

Photographs, 1942, undated

Box/Folder 7 : 4

Transcript of diary entries, notes, maps, clippings, book excerpts, 1942-1987


Services of Supply, China Defense Supplies in Assam, 1942-1991, undated

Box 8

Photographs, map, badge, original housing, 1942-1944, undated

Scope and Contents note

Housed in oversize box
Box/Folder 9 : 1

Photographs, correspondence, and other documents, 1942-1944, undated

Map case

Clipping on the Burma Road, 1991


U.S. Tenth Army and surrender of Ryukyus Islands at Tenth Army Headquarters on Okinawa, 1945, undated

Box/Folder 9 : 2

Excerpts from letters to Winifred Stilwell, 1945

Box/Folder 9 : 3-5

Photographs, 1945, undated

Map case

Okinawa Shima maps, undated


Declassified U.S. government records

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder by date of creation.
Box/Folder 9 : 6-7

Records released in 2013, 1944