William Gill World War II War Crimes and POW Collection, 1948-1999Add to your cart.

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Title: William Gill World War II War Crimes and POW Collection, 1948-1999Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0168
Primary Creator: Gill, William R.
Extent: 4.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection preserves the orginal order of the papers.
Date Acquired: 07/27/1999. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


This collection contains materials on World War II war crimes and prisoner of war camps in Japan.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Materials consist of clippings and copies of papers that document the prisoner of war camps in Japan. The papers include correspondence, papers used in the prosecution of war crimes, and clippings.

Biographical Note

William R. Gill was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1920. He graduated from High School in 1938. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps while attending Pennsylvania State University.  Mr. Gill earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, graduating in December 1942. He earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1949.  Following that he would earn his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1955.

During World War II he served with A Company, 389th Infantry Regiment, 98th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. He participated in entering Japan at the end of the War. He was involved in taking over prisoner of war camps and the collection and destroying Japanese weapons. Mr. Gill was also involved in gathering evidence of war crimes committed by the Japanese. Among the cases he investigated were those involving medical experimentation on humans.

He was called to duty as an Army Reservist for the Korean War following his completion of his master’s degree. He joined the Investigations Office the first summer. The second summer he joined an engineering outfit in Okinawa. He retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 1960.

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 99-005, 99-004, 2001-006
Acquisition Source: William Gill
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: William Gill World War II War Crimes and POW Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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