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Guide to the Wayne C. Zimmerman World War II papers
1942-1944

Collection number: HMC-0970.
Creator: Zimmerman, Wayne C.
Title: Wayne C. Zimmerman World War II papers.
Dates: 1942-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: 17th Infantry Regiment commander during the Battle of Attu.

Biographical note:
Wayne C. Zimmerman was a colonel and later brigadier general in the U. S. Army during World War II. He served as the commander of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, during the Battle of Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Zimmerman succeeded Colonel Edward P. Earle, who had been killed in action on Attu on May 12, 1943. The 17th Infantry Regiment, along with the First and Second Battalions, 32nd Infantry Regiment, and the First Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, defeated Japanese forces occupying Attu Island on May 31, 1942. He was later awarded the Legion of Merit for his participation in the defeat of Japanese forces at Kwajalein in 1944.

Collection description:
The collection consists of papers concerning Colonel Wayne C. Zimmerman and the Battle of Attu in May 1943. The collection contains: copies of two commendations made by commanders of the 17th Infantry Regiment; a clipping of a newspaper photograph of Colonel Wayne Zimmerman at the time of his reception of the Legion of Merit award; and a black and white photographic print containing seven different images of soldiers from the Battle of Attu. The first commendation, dated September 26, 1942, was made by Colonel Edward P. Earle to members of Combat Team 17 and the 773rd Tank Destroyer Battalion for completing a difficult night march. The second commendation, dated June 10, 1943, was made by Colonel Wayne Zimmerman to members of RLG 17 and attached units for defeating Japanese forces on Attu in May 1943. The photographic print contains images of the following identified soldiers: Private Royal Kenney, Technical Sergeant A. R. Noennich, Private First Class R. E. Schafer, Private Henry E. Montroy, and Sergeant Leonard Bones.

Arrangement: The collection retains the order in which it arrived at the Archives.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The Archives does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Wayne C. Zimmerman World War II papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was acquired at internet auction in 2007.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007.