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GORDON R. STERUD (1914-1989). World War II Photograph Album; 1941-1942. .2 cu. ft.

Gordon R. Sterud enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. He trained at Camp Roberts, California, as a member of Company D, 77th Infantry Training Battalion. Private Sterud was then transferred to Fort Lawton in Seattle, Washington, before deployment to Alaska. His unit, Company E, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, arrived in Seward and then Kodiak in November 1941, serving at Fort Greely through July of 1942.

The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of Gordon R. Sterud. The album contains 73 black and white prints; Sterud's draft card, dated March 20, 1941; a pass from Camp Roberts, California; a special privilege card from Kodiak dated Nov. 21, 1941; and an Alaska Defense Command shoulder patch. The collection also includes 40 copy negatives of selected images. Subjects of the photographs include: fellow soldiers; training at Camp Roberts, California; Fort Lawton, Washington; transport aboard the S.S. Chirikof from Seattle to Seward; the city of Kodiak; a field training exercise at Buskin Lake on Kodiak in the spring of 1942; Fort Greely; and troop competitions and ceremonies for the Kodiak Olympics in July 1942.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2003.

HMC-0656
JAS (1/2004)

Photograph list:

Page 1:
1a. "Sgt. Fuller, Plt. Sgt., Camp Roberts Aug. '41" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
1b. "Rookies" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 2:
2a. "Willie, Art & I" Three soldiers with rifles (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
2b. "1st Platoon – Camp Roberts, Sept. '41" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
2c & d. Three men aiming rifles. Same men as 2a. (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 3:
3a. "Open Air Theatre, Camp Roberts, Oct. '41" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
3b. "Fort Lawton – Seattle, Nov. '41" Tent camp and barracks from distance (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
3c. "Hoy Man Woo. – Ft. Lawton, Nov. '41" Asian soldier at door of tent (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
3d. "Ft. Lawton – Officers' Hill" Tents and buildings (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 4:
4a. "Ft. Lawton, Casual Barracks" View of barracks in distance (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
4b. Steps, sign, and entrance to casual barracks at Fort Lawton (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
4c. "Roy – Center – On Top – Lawton – Nov. '41" Soldiers with dog at casual barracks (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
4d. "Aboard Chirikof – Nov. 10 – P.M. 1941, Seattle Harbor" Soldier on deck of ship (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 5:
5a. "Seattle Skyline from S.S. Chirikof, Nov. 10 – '41" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
5b. "Last Look at Seattle Skyline, Nov. 10, 1941" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
5c & d. "En Route to Alaska, Nov. 10th to 15th" Views from ship's deck (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 6:
6a & b. Gordon Sterud at rail of the S.S. Chirikof (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
6c. "Bob Wiseman, Nov. – '41" Another soldier at ship's rail (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 7:
7a. "Wiseman – Fischer" Two soldiers on ship's deck (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
7b. Wiseman and Sterude on ship's deck (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
7c. "Herb Vierra" Soldier on ship's deck (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 8:
8a. "First Land Sighted, Nov. 15th 1941" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
8b. "Binninger & I –Entrance to Resurrection Bay, Approaching Seward" Soldiers at ship's rail (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
8c. "Smitty" Soldier at ship's rail (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
8d. "Glacier – Resurrection Bay – Nov. 15, 1941" (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 9:
9a-d. "Views of Shoreline, Ressurection Bay" Views from ship (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 10:
"Seward, Alaska, Nov. 15, 1941"
10a. "Bud & I" Soldiers walking down Main Street (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
10b. "Bob & Bud" Soldier walking down Main Street (3.25 X 4.5 inch).
10c. "S.S. Aleutian, Seward" Steamship at dock (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 11:
"Arrived Kodiak Nov. 17, 1941"
11a. "City of Kodiak, Alaska" (Helsel Photo, photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).
11b. "Kodiak, Alaska" Street scene near Sears Roebuck & Co. office (tourist photo, 2.5 X 3.5 inch).
11c. "World's Record Kodiak Bear" Men with mounted bear (tourist photo, 2.5 X 3.5 inch).
11d. "Kodiak, Alaska" View from above (photo post card, No. P-576, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

Page 12:
12a. Photo of front page of the Kodiak Mirror, Dec. 7, 1941 (5 X 7 inch).

Page 13:
13a. "On Top of Barometer Mt., Early Spring '42" Soldiers on mountaintop, 3.5 X 5 inch).
13b. "Spring – Buskin Lake Area – Kodiak – Spring 42" Group photo of soldiers (3.25 X 5 inch).
13c. "Pyramid Mt. from Buskin Lake, Kodiak, Spring '42" Soldiers next to their tent bivouac (3.25 X 5 inch).

Page 14:
"Last Tent in Company St. Tent City, Kodiak, Spring – 1942"
14a. Four soldiers in front of latrine tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
14b. "Cliff, Diz, Hugo" Three soldiers in front of latrine tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
14c. "Hugo, Diz, P.G., Joe, ?" Five soldier in front of latrine tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
14d. "Pvt. Sterud" Gordon Sterud posed next to tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 15:
15a. "P.G." Soldier in front of tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
15b. Five soldiers in front of latrine tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
15c. Six soldiers in front of latrine tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 16:
16a. "Joe" Soldier in front of tent (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
"Kodiak Olympics, July '42"
16b. Soldiers marching to competition (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
16c. "Paul Stevens" Soldier running in event (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
16d. "'Big Parade' July '42" Soldier stand in dress parade (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
16e. "Otis H. Pyne 'Cross Country'" Soldier running in event (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 17:
"Kodiak Olympics, July '42"
17a. "Taylor Takes First in Obstacle Race" (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17b. Soldier finishing race (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17c. "Cole Back From Mountain Climb" Soldier finishing race (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17d. "Lake Wilson Take Cross-Country" Soldier running in race (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17e. "'The Press'" People seated on reviewing stand (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
17f. Soldiers at starting line of race (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 18:
"Kodiak Olympics, July '42"
18a. Soldiers sitting on benches (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
18b. "Bill Merrit – Press, Gen. Corlett – C.O., Lake Wilson – Winner" General shaking soldier's hand from reviewing stand (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
18c. "Eddie Yrigollen" Soldier in sweat suit (2.5 X 3.5 inch).
18d. "Gen Corlett – Taylor – Stevens" Soldiers receiving awards from general at reviewing stand (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 19:
19a. "Sleeth, Cole, Pyne, Wintjen, Kodiak – Summer '42" Soldiers in front of photo shop (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
19b. Sterud standing in front of house with white picket fence (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
19c. Sterud with three other soldiers standing next to shop in Kodiak (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
19d. "Cliff, Joe, Roy, Sgt. Marsh & Friend" Soldiers standing in front of photo shop as children pass (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 20:
"Kodiak – Summer '42"
20a. Sterud standing in street (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
20b. Sterud standing in doorway of photo shop (2.75 X 4.5 inch).
20c. Soldier standing in front of house (2.75 X 4.5 inch).