War Memorabilia Wanted
Submitted by Jane Vachon
Do you have photographs, medals, discharge papers, letters, or diaries that tell the story of New Hampshire’s role during wartime?  Whether the items reflect service in World War II,  Korea, Viet Nam, or the Gulf War, the New Hampshire Historical Society is interested in receiving materials related to New Hampshire during these times.  Ration coupons and other items used on the domestic front are also of value.

“The material we have from previous wars has come from generous people who inherited family memorabilia and entrusted the New Hampshire Historical Society with these important materials.  Giving items to the Society is a wonderful means of preserving your family’s part in the heritage of New Hampshire,” said Society Librarian Bill Copeley.

Documents can create a fascinating record of the times.  Norman Douglas of Derry recently gave the Society two diaries of his experiences in Italy and North Africa in 1944 and 1945, where he served as a Private First Class, in the 5th Army, 1st Armored Division, 27th Field Artillery.  His last journal entry, made on August 16, 1945, reads, “I am a civilian!”

Over the past fourteen years, Colonel Frederick Wood of Concord has donated some 50 World War II items including uniforms, accessories, military equipment, and curios he collected in the Pacific while on duty with the New Hampshire National Guard’s 197th Coast Artillery.

Thanks to Colonel Wood, Private Douglas, and other donors, the Society has a good selection of WWII-related items.  The Society hopes to enrich its collection with additional documents from World War II, as well as from other military experiences.  If you have an item you might want to donate, contact Special Collections Librarian David Smolen at 603/856-0647 or dsmolen@nhhistory.org

The New Hampshire Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing New Hampshire History through the Museum of New Hampshire History and the Tuck Library, both in Concord.  Find out more about Society collections, exhibitions, and events at www.nhhistory.org.

(Article submitted by Jane Vachon, Media Relations Manager, New Hampshire Historical Society, 6 Eagle Square, Concord, NH  03301, (603) 856-0619)

Election Results
Elections were held at the Chapter’s annual business meeting on Saturday, November 10, 2001.  The following four Chapter members were elected by the membership present for a full 3-year term on the Board of Directors: Derrill P. Crosby, John A. Graham, Jeffrey K. Olson and Edward N. Warfield.  Additionally Joan M. Huber was elected to the Board for a 1-year term to fill a vacancy. 

Following the Chapter’s business meeting, the Board of Directors met and elected the Chapter officers for the next year.  Elected were: R. Bancroft McKittrick, President; Paul L. Bernard, Vice-president; Patricia A. Graham, Secretary; and Arnold C. Sayer, Treasurer.

E-mail Addresses
Computer The Chapter maintains a list of current e-mail addresses for members on its internet website at: http://troa-nh.home.attbi.com.  If you have an e-mail address that has changed, or is not listed on the website, please let our “web-master” Mike McLean know.  His e-mail address is mamclean@attbi.com and he updates the website each week.

Chapter Officers

President Col R. Bancroft McKittrick, USMC (Ret) (603) 432-1164 bancroftmc@aol.com
Vice President LCDR Paul L. Bernard, USN (Ret) (603) 229-1334 pbernard@attbi.com
Secretary MAJ Patricia A. Graham, USA (Ret) (603) 472-4637 pjgraham@attbi.com
Treasurer LT Arnold C. Sayer, USAF (Ret) (603) 763-2057 acsayer@aol.com

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