OCTOBER 10 PROGRAM HONORS WORLD WAR II VET EUGENE B. SLEDGE [AU]
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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
Ralph Brown Draughon Library
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