Register of the Robert Dark papers

Finding aid prepared by Donald Abenheim
Hoover Institution Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6003
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© 1998

Title: Robert Dark Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1917-1964
Collection Number: 77078
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 5 card file boxes, 6 envelopes, 2 oversize boxes (6.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Orders, correspondence, speeches, clippings, and photographs relating to the U.S. Army in the Philippines, 1931-1932, the activities of the 321st Infantry Regiment in the Pacific Theater, 1942-1946, and the invasion of Angaur and Peleliu Island, 1944. Digital copies of select records also available at 
Creator: Dark, Robert, 1894-1976.


Collection is open for research. Digital copies of select records also available at 
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Dark papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1977.


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.

Biographical Note

1894 September Born, North Carolina
1912 Joined United States Army as a private of the Cavalry branch
1915 Noncommissioned Officer, Coast Artillery Corps
1917 Second Lieutenant, Infantry branch
1917-1919 Served with American Expeditionary Force in France, attained rank of brevet Major
1931-1932 Served at Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands
1932-1933 Served at Vancouver Barracks, Washington
1941 Colonel, United States Army
1942-1946 Regimental commander, 321st Infantry Regiment, 81st Division, (1942-1944, trained in continental United States; 1944-1945, fought in Pacific campaigns, 1945-1946, served with occupation troops on Kyushu, Japan).
1946 Resigned from United States Army.

Alternate Forms Available

Digital copies of select records also available at 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army--Officers.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 321st.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945.


Correspondence, 1935-1946

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Box 1

Collier, W. A., 1946


Dark, Robert, 1944


McDowell, C. R., 1944


Meachum, L. T., 1935


O'Hanlon, Redmond, 1945


Subject file, 1931-1964

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, orders, printed matter, charts, notes, etc., arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
Box 1-2

Camp Horn, Arizona, manouver grid, 1943


Civilian Conservation Corps, Medford, Oregon, 1933


Commendations, 1942-1946


Eighty-First Division


Divisional newspaper, Wildcat, 1945


Memoranda and manouver notes, 1943


Newspapers, San Luis Obispo Independent, and San Francisco Examiner, 1944


Officer list, 1944


Operation report, "Ulithi Atoll, and other Western Carolines-Islands, 21 September 1944-4 January 1945."


Operation report, "Operations on Peleliu Island, 23 September 1944-27 November 1944."


Operation report, "Palau Island to New Caledonia, to Leyte Islands, to Japan, 5 January 1945-10 January 1946."




Special orders, 1942-1943

Box 2

Operation Stalemate II, draft of United States Marine Corps official history of Palau phase, western Carolines operation, 1950


Petit Barracks, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 1931


Petit Barracks, Zamboanga, post regulations, 1931


Three Hundred Twenty-First Infantry Regiment


Air ground tests, Camp San Luis Obispo, 1944


Company "L", Christmas program, 1942


Manouver adjutant's manouver file, 1944


Manouver handbook, undated


Movement, Camp Horn to Camp San Luis Obispo, 1943


Officer list, undated


Organization day, 1942


Vancouver Barracks, Washington, 1932


Speeches and writings, undated

Scope and Contents note

Writing and speech as listed.
Box 2

"Notes on National Defense," typewritten carbon copy


Speech relating to Moro tribe on Mindanao, typewritten, undated



Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, reports, greeting cards, drawings, and photographic negatives.
Box 2

Miscellaneous clippings, greeting cards, printed reports, 1918-1944

Box 3-5

Photographic negative file, scenes of Camp Rucker, Horn, San Luis Obispo, Beale, and Pacific campaigns

Box 6-7

Scrapbooks, assembled by Robert Dark, including newspaper clippings magazine articles, and photographs relating to his career and the units with which he served 1933-1944


Audio-Visual File

Scope and Contents note

See photo card catalog.

Declassified U.S. government records, 1943-1945


2018 release of declassified records, 1943-1945