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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ESTHER GILBERT SCRAPBOOK

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BIOABSTRACT

Esther Gilbert of Norwich, Connecticut, served as a staff assistant with the American Red Cross in the Pacific Theater of World War II from July 1944 to March 1946.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

This extensive scrapbook depicts Gilbert's service in the Pacific Theater of World War II through photos with detailed captions as well as maps, tourism guides, news clippings, and other mementos from the various places in which Gilbert served. Photos depict Gilbert and her colleagues; scenery and animal life on various islands; airplanes, ships and naval officers preparing for battle; Red Cross headquarters; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visiting Australia; the devastation of buildings in Manila; an aerial shot of paratroopers landing on Corregidor Island; and scenes in Japan after the surrender. The first page contains a detailed map of the Pacific Ocean with Gilbert's course from 1944 to 1946 charted out with numbered dates in the caption. Other, more specific maps are provided for the various islands on which she served. The scrapbook also contains such things as Gilbert's immunization record; a program from a performance of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; a Christmas services program for troops stationed in Australia; menus from Japanese restaurants made for US forces; Japanese ski brochures in English; a rail ticket authorizing US troops to ride Japanese trains; and telegrams to Gilbert's family announcing her impending return to the United States.

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BIOGRAPHY

Esther Gilbert of Norwich, Connecticut, attended Norwich Free Academy and then Lasell Junior College in Aubundale, Massachusetts before finding work at New England Telephone and Telegraph. However, with the outbreak of war, she joined the Red Cross, serving as a field representative for eastern Connecticut and also as a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, chapter of the Red Cross.

Gilbert was sent overseas in the summer of 1944, arriving as an American Red Cross staff assistant in Australia on 10 July 1944. She was successively stationed in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne from July 1944 to April 1945. She was then sent to the Phillipines after a short stop in New Guinea, where she was stationed successively in Tacloban and Manila until November 1945. Gilbert arrived in Tokyo on 28 November 1945, and remained in Japan through March of 1946.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Daisy Pickman serves servicemen at Red Cross canteen, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.061
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert at desk, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.020
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert with gas mask in Brisbane, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.002
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert and Jean Ferguson in Sydney, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.004
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert and Red Cross officials, Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.005
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Servicemen in the Red Cross Service Club in Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.006
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Servicemen in the Red Cross Service Club in Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.007
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Officers distribute awards on ship, circa 1946.
Item # WV0297.6.103
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert and Japanese child in the snow, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.094
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert at Mt. Fuji, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.096
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Seaman Robert Spiegl and Japanese children, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.097
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Jean MacArthur christens the USS Gary Owen, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.098
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in front of Kanko Hotel, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.101
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert at Fujiya Hotel, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.102
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Jack Graff at Fifth Air Force Service Command, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.085
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in front of B-24, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.086
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in cockpit of a B-24 bomber, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.087
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Servicemen in front of B-25 at Tachikawa Army Air Base, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.090
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Soldiers and locals at Taguchi Station in Akakura, Japan, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.092
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert on skis, 1946
Item # WV0297.6.093
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Ships at U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.077
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Street in Yokohama, Japan, in 1945
Item # WV0297.6.078
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Colonel Harry Diston on Japanese emperor's horse, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.079
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert, Albert S. Johnson, and Claude Thompson, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.080
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Japanese staff at Tachikawa Army Air Base, Japan, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.081
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in front of plane, circa 1946
Item # WV0297.6.083
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Rubble and damaged building, Manila, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.070
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Ship in Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.072
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert aboard ship in Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.073
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Winnie Eskrigge aboard ship in Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.074
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
"Hangover House," Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.075
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert overlooking Subic Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.076
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross club at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.062
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross workers primp in front of bombed building, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.063
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross billet in Manila, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.064
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in a jeep, Manila, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.065
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Horse drawn taxis in Manila, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.066
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Destroyed building, Manila, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.069
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Navy 3964 Quonset huts, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.053
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Quonset hut post office, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.054
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Navy ships in inner bay, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.056
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in Bay Bay, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.058
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert in front of jeep, Bay Bay, Philippines,1945
Item # WV0297.6.059
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross workers at Stuartholme school, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.001
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Women officers club in Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.046
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Three Red Cross workers and jeep in Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.047
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
28th Replacement Depot office, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.048
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
4th Replacement Depot office, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.049
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Outdoor theater, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.051
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Navy 3964 office and staff, Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.052
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Native huts in Biak, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.038
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Three Biak natives with a coconut, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.039
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Biak natives, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.040
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross billets in Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.043
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Base K mess hall in Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.044
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Base K billets in Tacloban, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.045
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross workers sit on a tarmac in Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.029
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in Australian parade, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.031
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Queen Street Red Cross Cafe in Brisbane, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.032
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Snapshot of Esther Gilbert in Southport, Australia, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.033
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Ann Worthy Johnson, Ginnie Bowman, and Emily Putnam, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.035
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Aboriginal Australians in Queensland, 1945
Item # WV0297.6.036
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert, Peg Graveur, and Colonel Baird in Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.021
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross servicemen and women, South Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.022
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert, Peg Graveur, and Colonel Martin, South Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.024
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
View from Baysmere Red Cross rest billet, Brisbane, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.025
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Ginny Bowman in Brisbane, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.026
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Red Cross workers in Brisbane, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.028
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Servicemen in the Red Cross Service Club in Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.008
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Chuck and Ruth Hutchinson with kangaroo, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.009
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Peg Graveur and Ruth Hutchinson, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.010
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Esther Gilbert and friends in Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.016
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook
Peg Graveur and Colonel Martin in Adelaide, Australia, 1944
Item # WV0297.6.017
From the Esther Gilbert Scrapbook