TESS NATHANSON of Brooklyn, NY, was a nurse and social worker in the
U.S. Army’s Pacific theater during and after World War II, being a member of
the 24 Infantry Division and assigned to the Naval Fleet Hospital 115. Nathanson was one of 350,000 women who served
in the war. Her experiences are captured
in nearly 200 photographs, ranging in size from 2 ¼ x 3 to 4 ¾ x 6 ½, along
with a series of about six interesting letters written to her, asking Nathanson
to save her scrap food to help feed two pigs owned by a Japanese official, a
soldier telling Nathanson that Josephine Baker reminds him of her. An army magazine, a flyer and greeting cards
are also included.
The highlight of the archive is the photographs, which include various subjects in Beppu, Fukuoka, Fujiya, Lake Hakone and extend through the American operation of Japan. The photographs include those of a destroyed church, a hospital, a venereal disease clinic with a sign, “Not approved for occupation forces,” her and her friends, men in the hospital, the Fujiya Hotel, children, ships, Tess working with patients/soldiers, Buddhist Shrine, convalescing GIs, Guam County Fair, rosh Hashanah and other worship services.
The photographs are stored in plastic, but can easily be removed. We haven’t examined each one, but they appear to be in excellent condition undoubtedly due to their storage. A great World War II find.
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