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Allied Race to Victory: Utilized Archival Collections 

We are honored that many families have donated collections to the Museum & Library to preserve and protect the legacies and stories of their citizen soldiers. Because of this, the exhibit was able to pull artifacts and photos from these collections to support the narrative and give a firsthand account of their experience on the ground. The Allied Race to Victory utilized items from the collections of the following servicemen:

Jack V. Sewell Collection

  • Collection Number: 800097 
  • Branch: Army
  • Rank: Technical Sergeant (T/Sgt.) (rank renamed in 1948 to Sergeant First Class)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Charles William Vann (Vyhnanek) Collection

  • Collection Number: 800059
  • Branch: Army, Army Air Force
  • Rank: Captain (CPT) (Promoted at ended war)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Robert H. Eddy Collection

  • Collection Number: 800403 
  • Branch: Army
  • Rank: First Lieutenant (1LT)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Samuel Gevirtz Collection

  • Collection Number: 800136
  • Branch: Marine Corps
  • Rank: Private First Class (PFC)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater

Milton and Beverly Pedolsky Collection

  • Collection Number: 800260
  • Branch: Army
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt. - WWII Abbreviation) or (SSG - current)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater and China-India-Burma Theater

Hershel “Woody” Williams Collection

  • Collection Number: 800041 
  • Branch: Marine Corps
  • Rank: Corporal (Cpl) (at time of MOH); Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) (when retired from Marine Corps Reserves in 1969)
  • Theater: Asiatic-Pacific Theater