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Cordell Addison - World War II

Cordell Addison grew up on a farm in Jackson County, Illinois and later enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps. In October 1941, he was drafted into the Army and served as a gunner in the Pacific Theater.

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Served in the Army and posted to the Pacific in a Barrage Balloon Battalion

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Cordell Addison following basic training at Camp Wallace, Texas in 1941.

Where:

Camp Wallace, Texas

When:

1941

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Narrator’s photo

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Addison and the 305th Balloon Battalion in Hawaii, 1942.

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Hawaii

When:

1942

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Narrator’s photo

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A small barrage balloon is moored at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii. Balloons were designed to protect against low flying enemy aircraft.

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Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Cordell Addison with gas mask (in the case) and rifle at Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii.

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Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Cordell Addison stands formation with fellow soldiers. The date and location is unknown.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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A squad deflates a barrage balloon held down by cables and sandbags, Hawaii.

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Hawaii

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Members of Addison’s section get their photo taken at a gun position. (No specific order): Lavern Weber, Claude Veroon, Howard Vroman, George Blohm, Rufus Gillam, Paul Wamback, Luwig Yakich, Marion Weeks, Frank Zelensik, David Branch, Cordell Addison.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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The cover of the February 24, 1945 edition of Liberty magazine shows a 40 mm M-51 antiaircraft gun and crew.

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Unknown

When:

February 24, 1945

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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