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OCTOBER 10 PROGRAM HONORS WORLD WAR II VET EUGENE B. SLEDGE [AU]

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: owner-whatsnew-l@listserv2.duc.auburn.edu [mailto:owner-whatsnew-l@listserv2.duc.auburn.edu] On Behalf Of Tim Dodge Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007
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      [mailto:owner-whatsnew-l@...] On Behalf Of Tim
      Dodge
      Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 2:15 PM
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      Subject: What's New Library Update: Announcements

      OCTOBER 10 PROGRAM HONORS WORLD WAR II VET EUGENE B. SLEDGE

      On October 10 at 3 p.m., the Auburn University Libraries will host
      the kick-off program for a new digital collection honoring World War II
      veteran Eugene B. Sledge

      ( http://diglib.auburn.edu/collections/ebsledge/ ).

      The program and the reception that follows will be held in Special
      Collections and Archives, located on the GROUND FLOOR of the Ralph Brown
      Draughon Library. The late Dr. Sledge was featured prominently in Ken
      Burns* recent Public Broadcasting Service documentary, *The War.*

      Sledge*s classic war memoir, WITH THE OLD BREED AT PELELIU AND
      OKINAWA, recounts his experiences with the First Marine Division in the
      Pacific Theater. Following the war, he earned B. S. and M. S. degrees
      at Auburn University and a Ph.D. at the University of Florida. He
      subsequently taught biology at the University of Montevallo. His wife,
      Mrs. Jeanne Sledge, still resides in Montevallo. Their two sons, Henry
      and John, both graduated from Auburn.

      The digital collection is based upon the Eugene B. Sledge papers,
      which he and his family donated to the Auburn University Libraries and
      which are housed Special Collections and Archives. The digital
      collection covers Sledge*s boyhood in Mobile, Alabama, his service in
      the Marine Corps during and after World War II, and his post-war career.
      The Systems Department of the Auburn University Libraries prepared the
      digital collection and plans to expand it.

      In addition to a preview of the digital collection, the program will
      feature the World War II recollections of Jack Simms, another Auburn
      graduate and Marine veteran of the Pacific Theater. Simms*
      recollections will focus on the Battle of Iwo Jima, in which he
      participated. Following the war, Simms served as head of Auburn
      University*s journalism department.

      This event is sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the
      Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the
      College of Liberal Arts, and the Auburn University Bookstore, which will
      have copies of WITH THE OLD BREED on sale at the event. All are
      welcome.

      Tim Dodge
      Reference Dept.
      Ralph Brown Draughon Library
      231 Mell St.
      Auburn University, AL 36849-5606

      Tel. (334) 844-1729
      Fax: (334) 844-4461
      E-mail: dodgeti@...
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