Guide to the Ralph H. Gilmore photograph album
Collection number: HMC-0739.
Creator: Gilmore, Ralph H.
Title: Ralph H. Gilmore photograph album.
Dates: undated, 1941-1961.
Volume of collection: 0.25 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photograph album of a soldier in the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, who served in Alaska.
Ralph H. Gilmore was from Central California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in Sacramento, California, on November 5, 1941. After training at Camp Roberts California, Gilmore served in the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in Alaska. His unit was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Adak Army Air Field, and saw combat during the Battle of Attu in May 1943. Ralph Gilmore died in Jackson, California, in 2000.
The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of U.S. Army soldier Ralph H. Gilmore. The photographs and photo post cards, Christmas greeting cards from an L.C. Loomis in Laramie, Wyoming (1945), 1941 Thanksgiving and Christmas greeting cards from Company A, Fourth Infantry in Alaska, containing menus and a list of names of company soldiers, newspaper clippings of photographs concerning the 4th Infantry’s arrival at Fort Benning, Georgia as a demonstration unit for the infantry school there, and a greeting card from Fort Richardson containing photographs of soldiers in winter dress and a dog team and sled. Subjects of the photographs include: Ralph Gilmore and fellow soldiers at Camp Roberts, Fort Richardson, Adak, Attu Island, and Fort Benning, Georgia; Yosemite National Park; and Ralph Gilmore and various friends and family members. The photographs from Attu include those of Red Beach, White Beach, Black Beach, Elmers Hill, Fish Hook Ridge, D Company tent camp, landing craft, 37 millimeter guns, and wrecked aircraft. There is also a tribute page of photographs for Donald Hanson, Jr., who was killed on Attu on May 21, 1943. The post cards are of Yosemite National Park and Wyoming. The commercial tourist prints are of the Snowy Range in Wyoming.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in original order.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.
Preferred citation: Ralph H. Gilmore photograph album, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via eBay in 2005.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015.