Harlingen, Texas; Boca Chica Key, Florida; France And Elsewhere: 1943- ca. 1948. Item #768
10¼” x 13½”. String tied brown faux leather over boards. 64 pages with 342 black and white photographs inserted into corner mounts; 9” x 11” pencil sketch of a WAC laid in. Most photos measure 2½” x 2½” to 3½” x 5” and most are captioned. Album very good plus with moderate corner wear and two gouges on the back board, a few leaves partially detached; photos generally near fine or better, 14 are lacking. This is a photo album documenting the wartime and early postwar years of a husband and wife who served in World War II. Len and Jessie Hoover were married November 16, 1940. Jessie was a WAC who likely served stateside in the Army Air Force. Len enlisted in 1943 and was sent to radio school after basic training. He was part of the 90th Infantry Division that liberated the Flossenburg concentration camp in April 1945. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, Lin was part of a small group asked to tour the camp with instructions to remember all that they saw, and was subsequently asked to testify at the Nuremberg Trials. The album starts with shots of Jessie in basic training at Camp Ruston in Louisiana as well as attending the United Radio and Television School in Newark, New Jersey. Several excellent shots here show groups of WACS marching, standing at attention and going to class. We know she was stationed at Harlingen and Boca Chica and photos here show her and friends around the base and in town, as well as relaxing and interacting with the men. At least 60 photos in the album feature women in uniform and a fair amount show them in civilian clothes during R&R. One great shot shows women in military dress at an NCO club, cigarettes in hands, the table covered in beer bottles. The military photos of Len begin with him at infantry training at Camp Gordon Georgia and show men lined up with rifles and standing at attention. There's a series of approximately 40 photos showing him in France near the end of, and just after, the war. These photos mostly show the men at rest, and some show them at the Moselle River as well as a series of shots of a bridge that they had to guard after taking it along with 200 German prisoners. Alas, none of the photos here show Lin at Flossenburg. There are also around 60 images showing the Hoovers' civilian life, posing with friends and family as well as shots of their young children after the war. An excellent collection of well composed military photos, featuring a WAC and a soldier who testified against Nazis in their war crimes trials. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.