Esther Gilbert Scrapbook, 1944-1946 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
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Scope and Contents: This extensive scrapbook depicts Gilbert's service in the Pacific Theater of World War II through photos with detailed captions as well as maps, tourism guides, news clippings, and other mementos from the various places in which Gilbert served. Photos depict Gilbert and her colleagues; scenery and animal life on various islands; airplanes, ships and naval officers preparing for battle; Red Cross headquarters; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visiting Australia; the devastation of buildings in Manila; an aerial shot of paratroopers landing on Corregidor Island; and scenes in Japan after the surrender. The first page contains a detailed map of the Pacific Ocean with Gilbert's course from 1944 to 1946 charted out with numbered dates in the caption. Other, more specific maps are provided for the various islands on which she served. The scrapbook also contains such things as Gilbert's immunization record; a program from a performance of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; a Christmas services program for troops stationed in Australia; menus from Japanese restaurants made for US forces; Japanese ski brochures in English; a rail ticket authorizing US troops to ride Japanese trains; and telegrams to Gilbert's family announcing her impending return to the United States.