Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams:
An Inventory of His Papers, ca. 1945, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams was a serviceman in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After Japan’s surrender, he served as the chauffeur of General Douglas MacArthur as he toured the island, visiting such locations as Hiroshima and Tokyo. Pete’s brothers, Elijah Lankford and Walter Isaiah, served in the European Theater at the Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne in 1944.
The collection consists of two folders of photographs documenting Pete Williams’ time in Japan during World War II. Of particular note is a unique photograph of General Dwight D. Eisenhower shaking hands with General Douglas MacArthur moments after Eisenhower’s plan first landed on the island. Photographs of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb, servicemen at work and play, and daily life in wartime/post-war Japan are also present.
Open for research
Paul Sherman "Pete" Williams Papers, ca. 1945, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Collection accession #(s):
Robert Weaver, 2013