Paul Overall WWII Collection, 1943-1994 | East Texas Research Center

By Linda Reynolds

Collection Overview

Title: Paul Overall WWII Collection, 1943-1994Add to your cart.

ID: A/226

Primary Creator: Overall, Paul Harrell

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Concentration camps -- Germany -- Photographs, Military discharge -- Texas, Overall, Paul Harrell -- Photograph collections, World war, 1939-1945 -- Photographs

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains the photos taken by Overall of the liberation of a concentration camp in World War II, and his honorable discharge certificate

Collection Historical Note

Paul Harrell Overall was born in the Nat Community in Nacogdoches County Texas on July 14, 1921. He was the son of Arthur and Flonnie Mullins Overall. After being inducted into the Army on Oct. 14, 1943 he participated in battles and campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe serving with the 385th Field Artillery Battallion, 104th (Timberwolf) Division. He was discharged from the Army on January 15, 1946. Overall worked for the Brown and Root Company in Houston for twenty one years, before he and his wife Nathalee retired to the Cushing Community in Nacogdoches, County. He died March 28, 1990. Overall received the American Theater Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Purple Heart. He was wounded during the European African Middle Eastern Campaign in November of 1944. While in the army he took photos depicting the liberation of a World War II concentration camp. Visible in the photographs are rows of dead prisoners who were starved and tortured by Nazi soldiers. American GIs are seen surveying the scene following the liberation of the camp. Civilian men and women are also seen in the photos, possibly looking for family members among the dead. Overall stipulated in his will that these photos be cared for by somone who would see that they were never destroyed or forgotten. The executor of his estate decided to give the photos to VFW Post 3893 in Nacogdoches. Members of that organization later made the decision to give the photos to the East Texas Research Center where students, faculty, and any interested members of the public would have access to them.

Subject/Index Terms

Concentration camps -- Germany -- Photographs
Military discharge -- Texas
Overall, Paul Harrell -- Photograph collections
World war, 1939-1945 -- Photographs


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Folder 1: Honorable discharge certificate, January 15, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 2: From the official log of 613th F. A.  Battalion, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Search and rescue bulletins, August 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes containing conclusions & recommendations relative to Air-ground communication in China- India  theater, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 2 maps- Mars task Force battles at Burma road, & China- India-Burma, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 2 newspaper articles- Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution, August 1992, & Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, April 19, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: I-B Round-Up (Photocopy-“Ingenuity in Building  the World’s Longest Pipeline”,  September, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: “Untold Tales of Undocumented Memories”, 1990-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: CBIVA Sound-Off, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: “Copper  to Kunming”, April 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ex- CBI Round-Up, February 1983, July 1989, & October-December 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ex- CBI Round-Up, January 1992- May 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ex- CBI Round-Up, June 1992- July 1992 & October 1992- December 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ex- CBI Round-Up, January 1993, May 1993- July 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ex- CBI Round-Up, October 1993- December 1993, & January 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Ex- CBI Round-Up, March 1994- June 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Registration and EnvelopesAdd to your cart.

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