George W. and Marguerite Harms papers  1909-1985
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Harms papers consist of manuscript material, graphics, ephemera and books relating to George W. and Marguerite Harms during the mid 20th century, particularly relating to George's service in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

The manuscript documents in the Harms papers provide an official record of George Harms' service with the Marines during the Second World War. The manuscript material is sparse, consisting of his service record and a small number of miscellaneous documents, but the collection includes a number of photographs taken by Harms and his friends while in the Pacific that provide a personal perspective on the war. The most touching -- and most difficult -- items in the collection are a photograph of a soldier's children taken from a Japanese soldier killed on Okinawa, a picture of Harms and Okinawan children saved from committing suicide when the Americans captured the island, and an image recording Japanese atrocities on Guam, 1944.

Equally interesting are George Harms' pre-war photograph albums, one documenting in the national championship year he enjoyed with his American Legion team, 1936, and another recording a trip to New York City in the late 1930s.

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