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HENRY K. "HANK" FRESE (1922-2004). World War II Veterans' Papers and Photographs; 1942-2003. 5.2 cu. ft.

Henry K. "Hank" Frese was born in New Jersey in 1922. He worked as a draftsman for the Manhattan Project at Princeton University before enlisting in the U. S. Army in February 1943. He trained at Mississippi University, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before assignment to service in the Aleutian Islands. He served at Shemya Air Base from December 1944 to March 1946, where he worked as a photographic laboratory technician and aerial photographer. After discharge from military service in April 1946, Frese worked for 35 years as a forensic photographer for the New Jersey State Police. He was also active in veterans organizations, particularly the Shemya World War II Veterans Association, and collected a large number of World War II era photographs from the Aleutians, including those from several other Shemya veterans. Hank Frese died in Crosswicks, New Jersey, in 2004.

The collection consists of the veterans related papers and photographs of Hank Frese. The collection is divided into eight series: correspondence; records of reunions and related events; newsletters; unit and base histories; miscellaneous papers and reference materials; Hank Frese photograph collection; collections received from other Shemya veterans; and videocassettes. The correspondence is between Frese and other Aleutian and Shemya veterans. The miscellaneous papers and reference materials include biographical materials, war memorabilia, Shemya war related publications, original stories, notes, veterans lists, combat chronologies, military documents, articles, maps, and web site printouts. The Hank Frese photograph collection contains images of soldiers, aircraft and facilities at Shemya Air Base, as well as those of Attu Island, Japanese bombing targets, aerial subjects, and veterans reunions. The collections that Frese received from other Shemya veterans consist primarily of photographs and concern personnel and operations at Shemya Air Base, military aircraft, and veterans reunions. The videocassettes are of the Shemya Veterans Reunion in 1991, and the Eleventh Air Force Association and Navy Patwing Four Airdales Reunion in 1995.

The collection was presented to the archives on behalf of the Henry K. Frese Sr. family with the assistance of fellow Shemya veteran Dan Lange, in 2006.

HMC-0862
JAS (4/2008)

Box and Folder List:

Box 1

Series 1. Correspondence; 1982, 1985-2002 (Arranged Alphabetically).
1.
John O. Bew; 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998.
2. Eldon B. Bonnet; 1985-1992.
3. Ted C. Buszek; 1985-1991.
4. Don "Bucky" Dawson; 1987.
5. Burton J. Good; 1991-1995.
6. Kevin Hutchison; 1992-1994.
7. Dan Lange; 1986-1997.
8. William T. "Doc" Lockard; 1991, 1993.
9. Jim Lux; 1996, 1998.
10. Dave Mahre; 1995-1996.
11. Stephen M. Morrisette; 1988-1989.
12. Robert H. Murray; 1986-1989 (includes copies of Murray's individual flight records for July 1943-Feb. 1944).
13. J. B. "Jake" Nunn; 1992.
14. Larry Reineke and POW Mail; 1982, 1987-1993.

Box 2

15. Aurel W. Rendleman; 1991.
16. Ernest Dwight Ringland; 1985-1995.
17. James H. Sample; 1991-1993, 1995, 1996, 1998-2000.
18. Patrick J. Skea; 1993, 1995.
19. Theodore J. Suchecki; 1990-1992.
20. Roy F. Suckling; 1986, 1988-1991, 1994.
21. Bob Talley; 1990, 1993, 1994.
22. Erland A. Tillman; 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000.
23. Martin A. Whetstone; 1989, 1991.
24. Other Correspondents; undated, 1986-2002 (less prominent correspondents).
-Correspondents include: Rhodes Arnold, Ralph M. Bartholomew, Lester H. Best, Robert N. Boyle, Alan Brady, LeRoy Coulter, Ted Gawlicki, Fred Gewiss, David Goldstein, Eric E. Harris, John Hed, Theron L. Jenne, Alex Liccione, Jordan Melgaard, Judson E. Mills, Jeff Millstein, Roy Mout, William F. O'Brien, Carole Russell, Alice Ryser, Emmett Shoup, Elton W. Shuman, William Sligh, Stanley G. Tarrant, John L. Tidball III, Norman Villemaire, and O. J. Watkins.

Series 2. Records of Reunions and Related Events; 1985-1999 (Arranged Chronologically) (photographs: 2 b&w prints; 859 color prints; 328 color negatives).
1. Eleventh Air Force Reunion, Aug. 1990; 1990, 1991 (newsletter and photo-illustrated memory book).
2. 11th Army Air Force Memory Wall Dedication, Oct. 4-7, 1990; 11th AAF Association, USAF Academy, Colorado; 1989-1990 (2 newsletters and plan and photographs of memorial wall).
3. 322nd Engineer Combat Battalion Reunion: Photographs; July 1991 (52 color prints; 3 color negatives, 35mm).
4. Aleutian Campaign Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Dayton, Ohio, August 1991: Papers; 1991 (committee program, photograph booklet, rosters, Hank Frese photograph booklet, and miscellaneous papers).
5. Aleutian Campaign Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Dayton, Ohio, August 1991: Photographs (folder 1 of 3); Aug. 5-10, 1991 (2 b&w prints; 127 color prints).
6. Aleutian Campaign Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Dayton, Ohio, August 1991: Photographs (folder 2 of 3); Aug. 5-10, 1991 (120 color prints).

Box 3

7. Aleutian Campaign Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Dayton, Ohio, August 1991: Photographs (folder 3 of 3); Aug. 5-10, 1991 (128 color prints).
8. Aleutian Campaign Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Dayton, Ohio, August 1991: Negatives; Aug. 5-10, 1991 (259 color negatives, 35mm).
9. Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Sherman, Texas, June 1992: Papers; 1992 (photo-illustrated reunion booklet, schedule, lists, and miscellaneous papers).
10. Shemya World War II Veterans Reunion, Sherman, Texas, June 1992: Photographs; June 18-23, 1992 (201 color prints).
11. Shemya Air Force Base's Final Dining Out and Renaming to Eareckson Air Force Base, May 18-19, 1993; 1993 (xerographic copies of final dining out and renaming ceremony programs).
12. Aleutian Veterans Reunion, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 7-11, 1993: Papers; 1993 (photo-illustrated reunion booklet, rosters, xerographic copies of photographs, 404th Bombardment Squadron patch, and miscellaneous papers).
13. Aleutian Veterans Reunion, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 7-11, 1993: Photographs; 1993 (166 color prints).
14. Midland, Texas Veterans Reunion (title unknown), March 13-16, 1995: Photographs; 1995 (65 color prints; 66 color negatives, 35mm).
15. Air Force Association, Mercer Chapter 293: Dinner meetings; 1994-1999 (rosters, programs, and miscellaneous papers).
16. 322nd Engineer Construction Battalion, 97th U.S. Army Reserve Command, Reunions; 1985-1993 (includes correspondence, lists, 97 U.S. Army Reserve Command unit histories, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland history, and miscellaneous papers).

Box 4

Series 3. Newsletters; 1987-2003.
1. The Shemya Mailbag. Published by Shemya WWII Veterans Association. Edited by Dan Lange, June 1987-Sep. 1994 (complete set of 30 issues plus mailing list and Hank Frese's list of biographical essays featured in the newsletter).
2. Eleventh Air Force Association & "Americans Home from Siberia." Published by Eleventh Air Force Association, 1989-2003 (Vol. 1, issues 1-4, 6-12, 14-23, 25, 26; Vol. 2, issues 1-3, 5-7; Vol. 3, issues 8, 12; Vol. 5, issues 3, 4).
3. Briefing: Journal of the International B-24 Liberator Club, 1990-1991, 1994-1997 (issues 42-45, 51-53, 57/58, 62, 63).
4. Other Newsletters; 1991-2000.
-The Aleutian Islands Williwaw Letter. Published by Aleutian Island Veterans Friendship Reunion Information and Correspondence Exchange. Edited by Albert King, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000 (6 issues).
-Off We Go! Published by Air Force Association, Mercer Chapter No. 293, Trenton, New Jersey, March 1999 (1 issue).
-Patwing Four Airdales, 1941-1945, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Umnak, Cold Bay, Adak, Amchitka, Kiska, Shemya, Attu and The Empire Express to Paramushiro, Patwing Four Reunion, June 1993, Feb. 1996 (2 issues).
-The Pink Elephant: 21st, 36th, 404th Bomb Squadron Newsletter, undated, 1991 (2 issues).
- Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System and the Alaska Communication System: Historic Units of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Picnic editions, 1992, 1993 (two issues).
-Wings Over Alaska: Alaskan Avian History News. Published by Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, 1995, 1997 (2 issues: Vol. 2, No. 1 and Vol. 3, No. 1).
-Trident. Published by 97th U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, May/June 1991, Sep./Oct. 1993 (2 issues: Vol. 19, No. 7 and Vol. 20, No. 6).

Box 5

Series 4. Unit and Base Histories; 1943-1947, 1969, 1988, 1993, 1994.
1. We Were There: 404th Bombardment, Volumes I and II. Published by James H. Sample, 1943, 1944, Sep. 1993 (xerographic copy of original illustrated booklets with photographs of squadron members and unit cartoons; also includes additional materials).
2. We Were There: 404th Bombardment, Volumes I and II. Published by James H. Sample; 1943, 1944, Jan. 1994 (xerographic copy of original illustrated booklets with photographs of squadron members and unit cartoons; also includes additional materials).
3. History of the 404th Bombardment Squadron (H), Shemya, Alaska, April 1 to July 31, 1945. Prepared for the CO by the Air Corps Historical Officer (4 monthly histories, xerographic copies from microfilm).
4. History of the 404th Bombardment Squadron (H), Shemya, Alaska, August 1 to December 31, 1945. Prepared for the CO by the Air Corps Historical Officer (5 monthly histories, xerographic copies from microfilm).
5. History of the 404th Bombardment Squadron (H), Shemya, Alaska, January 1 to June 30, 1946.  Prepared for the CO by the Air Corps Historical Officer; (6 monthly histories, xerographic copies from microfilm).
6. History of the 404th Bombardment Squadron (H) AAF, Shemya, Alaska, July 1 to Jan. 5, 1947. Prepared for the CO by the Air Corps Historical Officer (6 monthly histories, xerographic copies from microfilm).
7. "History of the 405th Bombardment Squadron (M) 38th Bombardment Group." Memorandum to the commanding general of the Fifth Air Force by 2nd Lieutenant Arnold H. Laver, Air Corps, Intelligence Officer, Jan. 15, 1946 (retyped from microfilm negative).
8. History of the 400th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, APO 729, c/o Postmaster, 5 August 1942 to 31 May 1944. Approved by Major Burton J. Hall; 1944 (xerographic copy, 16 pages).
9. Construction and Operation of a World War II Air Force Forward Base: Shemya, Alaska, May 1943 - December 1945. Written by Captain James L. Ross, U. S. Air Force, Office of History, Alaskan Air Command, Aug. 1969 (xerographic copy).
10. Other Shemya air base and Attu histories; undated, 1944-1946, 1982, 1988.
-Longitude Censored Latitude Censored, The Island of Shemya. Written by T/4 Andrew Thomas and T/4 Walter Wilson. Drawings by Miss Elizabeth Bates - ARC. Published by Shemya Post I&E Office, APO 729, ca. 1946 (xerographic copy of booklet, 15 pages).
-Shemya History: The Black Pearl, 1941-1946 (World War II), undated (author unknown, xerographic copy, 10 pages).
-Short History of the Battle of Attu. Written by Post Headquarters, Camp Earle, Alaska, Jan. 1945 (xerographic copy, 11 pages).
-Shemya: If You've Seen One Pacific Island You've Seen Them All. Written by Capt. Stephen Morrisette, 6SRW Project Warrior Officer, Oct. 1988 (49 pages).
-Hank Frese's descriptions of squadrons and groups that served on Shemya.
11. Notes from the History of the 18th Engineer Regiment by Rhodes Arnold; excerpts from entries for the period of March 25, 1943 to Nov. 16, 1944; undated.

Box 6

Series 5. Miscellaneous Papers and Reference Materials; undated, 1944-1946, 1982-2003.
1. Hank Frese biographical materials; undated, 1945, 1946, 1989.
-Company C, 30th E. T. Bn., Second Platoon roster.
-Order awarding Army Air Force Technician Badge for Photographer and Photographic Laboratory Technician; July 19, 1945.
-Honorable discharge certificate; Apr. 2, 1946 (xerographic copy).
-Separation Qualification Record; Apr. 2, 1946 (original copy).
-Certificate of proficiency for the MI rifle, Engineer Replacement Training Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
-Pencil drawing of puffin.
2. Thoughts of Shemya. Verse by Dan Lange and drawings by Hank Frese,1989 (small booklet published by Dan Lange).
3. "A Battle on Shemya: An Open Letter to Colonel Hed." Written by Hank Frese, undated (photo and pen drawing illustrated booklet, 12 pages).
4. Hank Frese notes; undated (handwritten chronologies, lists, etc.).
5. Aleutian veterans lists; undated, 1944, 1945.
6. World War II memorabilia items; undated, 1944, 1945.
-Servicemen's Map of the United State and Insignia of the Armed Forces.  Published by Fred Harvey.
-Map of field training areas on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 1944.
-Final G-3 Periodic Report, May 1945, 97th Infantry Division (oversize color cover showing division emblems).
-Gulfport Field, Mississippi (photograph booklet for airfield).
-Stories from Yank magazine, Alaska edition; Mar. 3, 1944.
-The Ladd Field Midnight Sun, Mar. 23, 1945 (newspaper issue).
-Shemya Christmas dinner menu; 1945.
7. Aleutian World War II combat chronologies and index compiled by Hank Frese; undated.
8. Patrick Skea bombing records, 404th Bombardment Squadron (H), 28th Bombardment Group (C); 1944-1945 (xerographic copies of individual flight records, bombardier's mission reports, combat bombing flight records, etc.).
9. Shemya orders, commendations, and operational summaries; 1943-1945 (xerographic copies).
10. Original Shemya stories; undated, 1982, 1985, 2003.
-"The Cruise of the BSP 1923"; by Harry Bailey; July 1982 (25 pages).
-"Shemya - 1946"; by Dan Lange; Nov. 1985 (9 pages).
-"B-24 Raid on Paramushiru"; by Richard Korpanty; ca. 2003.
11. Copies of magazine articles and book chapters; undated, 1983-1993.
Box 7
12. Newspaper and other clippings; undated, 1942, 1983-1998.
13. Emblems of World War II; undated (color and b&w copies).
14. Aleutian materials obtained from Larry Reineke (Eleventh Air Force Association); undated, 1987-1994.
15. Maps; undated, 1942, 1944, 1945 (Shemya Island, Attu Island, Shimushu Island, etc.).
16. Web site printouts (folder 1 of 3); 2000-2002.
17. Web site printouts (folder 2 of 3); 2000-2002.
18. Web site printouts (folder 3 of 3); 2000-2002.
19. Miscellaneous reference materials; undated, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2001.

Box 8

Series 6. Hank Frese Photograph Collection; undated, 1943-1947, 1951, 1952, 1983-1993, 2002 (429 b&w prints; 1 b&w proof sheet; 419 color prints; 23 color transparencies; 409 color negatives; 1, 010 b&w negatives).
1. "Hank Frese's Photo Collection of visiting Shemya WWII Veterans after 40 Years"; undated, 1983-1988 (booklet with cover; 23 b&w prints; 6 color prints).
2. "Shemya & Attu WWII Recreations"; undated (photo-illustrated booklet with text and pen and ink drawings).
3. "Air Force Association, Mercer County Chapter 293: Our Photo History Moves into September '90"; 1990 (photo-illustrated booklet with text, 2 copies).
4. Hank's Book No. 1: Shemya Scenes and Activities, WWII until the end of February 1946; 1945-1946 (155 b&w prints; 3 color prints) (includes typed list).
5. Hank's Book No. 2: Shemya - Planes - Missions; undated, 1944-1945 (107 b&w prints) (includes typed list).
6. Hank's Book No. 7: "A Few on Shemya, but Most at Dix" (Tilden Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey); undated, 1945, 1951, 1952 (40 b&w prints) (includes list; page numbers missing from photographs).
7. Hank's Book No. 8: Eleventh Army Air Force aerial photographs (primarily of Japanese bombing targets); undated, 1945 (46 b&w prints, 10 X 10 inch).

Box 9

8. Hank's Book No. 12: Shemya X Air Force Pictures (folder 1 of 3); undated (10 b&w prints; 37 color prints; 23 color transparencies).
9. Hank's Book No. 12: Shemya X Air Force Pictures (folder 2 of 3); undated, 1986, 1988, 1989 (7 b&w prints; 75 color prints).
10. Hank's Book No. 12: Shemya X Air Force Pictures (folder 3 of 3); undated, 1988, 1991, 1992 (14 b&w prints; 24 color prints; 1 b&w proof sheet; 93 color negatives, 35mm).
11. Hank's Book No. 21: Robert McFarland Collection?, etc.; undated, 1991, 1993, 2002 (87 color prints; 16 b&w negatives, 45mm; 271 color negatives, 35mm).
12. Pictures of Shemya in 1991, Courtesy of Martin Whetstone and Carole Russell (folder 1 of 2); 1991 (115 color prints).
13. Pictures of Shemya in 1991, Courtesy of Martin Whetstone and Carole Russell (folder 1 of 2); 1991 (64 color prints; 17 color negatives, 35mm).
14. Miscellaneous Photographs: Prints and xerographic copies; undated, 1983, 1993 (20 b&w prints; 8 color prints).
15. Photograph Negatives: Shemya photographs, various collections; undated (b&w negatives: 990-35mm, 4-4 X 5 inch; 5 color negatives, 35mm).
-Photograph collections include: Hank Frese, Harry Bailey, Lester Best, Dwight Ringland, Archie de la Bretonne, Henry C. McDonald, Jr., and Jeff Millstein.
16. Oversize photographs of Shemya air base; undated, 1945 (7 b&w prints, 11 X 14 inch) (oversize, located in Box 15).

Box 10

Series 7. Collections Received from Other Shemya Veterans; 1942-1946, 1983-1993 (1,095 b&w prints; 339 color prints; 76 b&w proof sheets; 16 b&w negatives; 308 color negatives).
1. John Andrews and Others: Photographs (folder 1 of 2); undated, 1993 (65 b&w prints; 8 color prints).
2. John Andrews and Others: Photographs (folder 2 of 2); undated, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 (76 b&w prints; 18 color prints).
3. John Andrews and Others: Negatives; undated (84 color negatives, 35mm).
4. Rhodes Arnold Collection: Photographs: undated (4 b&w prints; 2 color prints).
5. Harry Bailey Collection: Xerographic copies; undated, 1943-1946 (photographs & text).
6. Harry Bailey Collection: Photographs; 1943-1946, 1983 (78 b&w prints; 38 color prints).
7. Lester H. Best Collection: Xerographic copies of photographs; undated.
8. Lester H. Best Collection: Photograph selections book with cover drawn by Hank Frese; undated (xerographic copies).
9. Lester H. Best Collection: Impact aerial bombing magazine; 1943 (xerographic copies).
10. Lester H. Best Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 3); undated, 1944 (43 b&w prints).

Box 11

11. Lester H. Best Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 3); undated (40 b&w prints).
12. Lester H. Best Collection: Photographs (folder 3 of 3); undated, 1944 (21 b&w prints; 32 b&w proof sheets).
13. Hal Beery Collection: Photographs: undated, 1942 (12 b&w prints).
14. Eldon B. Bonnet Collection: Bound xerographic copies of photographs and documents; ca. 1985.
15. Eldon B. Bonnet Collection: Copies of photographs, documents, and clippings; ca. 1985-1991.
16. Eldon B. Bonnet Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 2); undated, 1944 (108 b&w prints; 3 color prints).
17. Eldon B. Bonnet Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 2); undated (17 b&w proof sheets; 16 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch).

Box 12

18. Ted Buszek Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 2); undated (31 b&w prints).
19. Ted Buszek Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 2); undated (20 b&w prints).
20. Collections obtained via Ted Buszek: Photographs; undated (23 b&w prints; 6 b&w proof sheets).
21. Burton J. Good Collection: Photographs (includes lists) (folder 1 of 2); 1993 (146 color prints).
22. Burton J. Good Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 2); 1993 (118 color prints).
23. Burton J. Good Collection: Negatives; 1993 (221 color negatives, 35mm).
24. Dan Lange Collection: Photographs including xerographic copies; undated (7 b&w prints; 5 b&w proof sheets).
25. Dan Lange Collection: Pen and ink drawings by Hank Frese; 1989.
26. Dave Lutton Collection: Photographs including xerographic copies with cover drawn by Hank Frese; undated (7 b&w prints).
27. Jeff Millstein Collection: Xerographic copy of photograph album; undated, 1944 (oversize, located in Box 15).
28. Jeff Millstein Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 3); undated, 1944 (158 b&w prints).
29. Jeff Millstein Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 3); undated, 1944, 1987 (124 b&w prints; 3 color prints).

Box 13

30. Jeff Millstein Collection: Photographs (folder 3 of 3); undated (34 b&w prints).
31. J. B. Nunn Collection: Photographs; undated, 1944 (6 b&w prints).
32. Robert Orth Collection: Photographs including xerographic copies; undated, 1942 (20 b&w prints).
33. E. Dwight Ringland Collection: "B29 Visitors on Shemy in 1945"; undated (booklet with text containing xerographic copies of photographs).
34. E. Dwight Ringland Collection: Xerographic copies of photographs of Shemya and Attu; undated, 1943, 1945 (booklet with cover).
35. E. Dwight Ringland Collection: Other xerographic copies of photographs; undated.
36. E. Dwight Ringland Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 2); undated (31 b&w prints; 8 b&w proof sheets).
37. E. Dwight Ringland Collection: Photographs(folder 2 of 2); undated (79 b&w prints).
38. Roy Suckling Collection: Xerographic copies of photographs; undated, 1944-1945.
39. Roy Suckling Collection: Photographs (folder 1 of 2); undated (33 b&w prints; 8 b&w proof sheets).
40. Roy Suckling Collection: Photographs (folder 2 of 2): undated (75 b&w prints; 3 color prints; 3 color negatives, 35mm).

Box 14

Series 8. Videocassettes; 1991, 1996 (2 videocassettes, VHS).
1. "Aleutian Campaign Shemya WWII Veterans Reunion, Held at Country Hearth Inn, Dayton, Ohio, August 5-10, 1991." Filmed, edited and graphics by Taped Treasures, Larry Jones (120 minutes).
2. "Eleventh Air Force Association and Navy Patwing Four Airdales Reunion: Observing the 50th Anniversary of the End of WWII, August 30-September 2, 1995." Produced by Takotna Video. Copyrighted by Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, 1996 (80 minutes; includes flier describing documentary).