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African American Soldiers in the Philippines Photograph Album

 Collection — Box: GTM Shared Box 2 (Legal), Folder: 4
Identifier: GTM-20220902

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one photograph album that documents the experiences of an unidentified African American soldier in the Philippines towards the end of, or immediately after, World War II, around the year 1945. It includes snap shots, published commercial photographs, and postcards. The photographs primarily feature African American soldiers and also include local Filipinos and enemy combatants. The images document both work and leisure among the soldiers. It also includes the program for the May 1949 commencement of the Hampton Institute. Three individuals are identified in the album: Buddy Moore of St. Louis, Grover Johnson, and "Red Apple" Moore.

The snapshots document various aspects of the life of African American soldiers in the Philippines after its liberation from Japanese forces in World War II. They include images of soldiers with locals, leisure activities (basketball and tennis), and work activities (driving trucks, building structures). They also include scenes of the Philippines and photographs of aircraft nose art.

The commercial photographs include images of Filipinos (particularly women), scenes of the surrender, an American military cemetery, and the aftermath of battles. These scenes include graphic images of casualties and prisoners of war.


  • 1945, 1949

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0.1 Cubic Feet (1 photograph album)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the William Reese Company between 2020 and 2021.

Processing Information

The collection has been housed in an acid-free box and folder.

African American Soldiers in the Philippines Photograph Album
John Zarrillo
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
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