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: China-Burma- India Hump Pilots Association, Inc., 1990Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: China-Burma- India Hump Pilots Association, Inc., 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: China-Burma- India Hump Pilots Association, Inc., 1992Add to your cart.
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