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Russell E. Day World War II photographs from the William Saroyan papers [graphic].
BANC PIC 2010.091--PIC
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Russell E. Day World War II photographs from the William Saroyan papers


Day, Russell E., creator


Original photographs compiled to illustrate Day's unpublished memoir Glory in My Hand. Includes World War II scenes documented by Day during his military service as a war photographer: U.S. Army soldiers during naval passage to Europe; various locations in London; American and English soldiers at leisure prior to the invasion of Normandy; ruins of the French towns of Carentan and Saint-Lô; the liberation of Paris; and the concentration camp at Dachau shortly after its liberation, some views depicting bodies of dead inmates. Includes a few photographs of Day and William Saroyan, as well as one photograph each of Charles de Gaulle in Paris, and Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference. Also includes photographs of documents pertaining to the Bronze Star and Za Zasluhy medals awarded to Day.


1944-1945 (issued)


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Day, Russell E -- Pictorial works
Saroyan, William -- 1908-1981 -- Pictorial works
Dachau (Concentration camp) -- Pictorial works
United States. -- Army -- Pictorial works
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photographs
Soldiers -- United States -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Carentan -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Saint-Lô -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Paris -- Photographs
Buildings -- War damage -- France -- Photographs
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Liberation -- Germany -- Photographs
Concentration camps -- Germany -- Dachau -- Photographs
Concentration camp inmates -- Germany -- Dachau -- Photographs
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany -- Dachau -- Pictorial works


Text in photograph on first sheet: Glory in my hand : official U.S. war photographer / by Russell E. Day.
Typescript captions affixed to each sheet.
Title devised by cataloger.
Gift ; of Jaqueline Kazarian; 201003.
Related collection: Glory in my hand : official U.S. war photographer (BANC MSS 2011/228)
Russell E. Day was a United States Army photographer in World War II. From his citation for Bronze Star Medal: "Technician Fourth Grade Russell E. Day (then Private, Private First Class and Technician Fifth Grade), 39559742, Infantry, United States Army, for meritorious service as a member of the Special Motion Picture Unit, PRD, Supreme Headquaters, Allied Expeditionary Force, from 1 June 1944 to 8 May 1945. Technician Fourth Grade Day displayed courage, initiative, and resourcefulness in obtaining photographic coverage of combat activities. His services reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States. Entered military service from California." Day was also awarded the Za Zasluhy, a non-combat medal for military merit from Czechoslovakia. Day covered the invasion of Normandy. Day and William Saroyan were transported to Europe in World War II on the same ship.
Transferred from the William Saroyan Papers (BANC MSS 2011/195)



Physical Description:

1 folder (34 photographic prints) : prints 5 x 7 in., affixed to sheets 8 1/2 x 11 in.




BANC PIC 2010.091--PIC


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Related Item:

William Saroyan papers : Saroyan, William, : 1908-1981