CLEMENT H. CLOWER. World War II Photograph Albums; 1939-1946, 1990, 1993. .7 cu. ft.
Clement H. Clower, a native of West Virginia, served with the headquarters company of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion during World War II. The battalion was stationed at Dutch Harbor for 34 months, from 1942 to 1945. The unit's quarters were located on the south and east slopes of Ballyhoo Mountain on Amaknak Island, overlooking Dutch Harbor. The U.S. Army base located around the towns of Unalaska and Dutch Harbor during the war was called Fort Mears.
The collection consists of the World War II era photograph albums of Clement Clower, a member of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion, stationed near Dutch Harbor from 1942 to 1945. The collection includes unit reunion lists from 1990, xerographic copies of the four original photograph albums, and the original photographs and newspaper clippings from the albums. The first three albums concern Clower and his battalion at Dutch Harbor, and depict soldiers, buildings, facilities, ships, and scenery in the area. The fourth album concerns Clement Clower, his family and friends in West Virginia, and his friends from military service (1939-1946).
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2002.
Box and Folder List:
1. 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion Reunion
Lists; n.d., 1990 (Names, addresses, and deceased unit members).
2. Xerographic copy of Album Number 1; n.d., 1943 (39 pages).
3. Xerographic copy of Album Number 2; n.d., 1943, 1944 (31 pages plus loose clippings).
4. Original album pages with mounted clippings from Album Number 2 plus loose clippings; n.d., 1943, 1944 (Pages 15-31).
-Most of the mounted newspaper clippings concern West Virginia and U.S. Naval Reserve basketball player John Abramovic.
-The loose newspaper clippings concern the Aleutian Campaign during World War II.
5. Xerographic copy of Album Number 3; n.d., 1942 (16 pages).
6. Xerographic copy of Album Number 4; n.d., 1939, 1942, 1945, 1946 (32 pages).
Box 2 (Album)
7. Photographs and newspaper clipping from Album Number 1; n.d., 1943, 1990 (197 b&w prints; 33 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch).
-"Battalion to Invade Sistersville for Reunion"; By Janet Sadler, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia; Aug. 18, 1990 (includes photo of members of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion in formation near Ulakta Head on Amaknak Island near Dutch Harbor, Alaska).
-Subjects of the photographs include Clement Clower and fellow soldiers of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion, the unit's quarters on the southern and eastern slopes of Ballyhoo Mountain above Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, facilities at Fort Mears, and the surrounding area of Unalaska Island.
-Soldiers identified include: Hank Bergman, J. C. Beavers, Denver Biller, Carl Borch, Zachary T. Champlin, Clement Clower, Jack T. Conner, Joe Didonati, James D. Dietrich, Bill Engle, Lawton M. Hoover, Henry Kalinoski, Tommy E. Kerr, Bill Melican, Paul W. Nickolson, Norman Olson, Sim Hing Ong, Tony Joe Panzarella, Howard L. Pyle, Wilber L. Rice, William Schmitt, Joseph B. Steve, Al Thompson, J. Tong, and Fred Vochatzer.
-Soldiers identified by last name only include: Beidelman, Belles, Bestor, Braemer, Christensen, Conway, Captain Earl, Eckert, Captain Fick, Fitzpatrick, Gait, Gessner, Hessler, Hubbard, Hughes, Kellites, Lambert, Doc Leith, Long, Luke, McCurry, Michel, Philabaum, Pruitt, Robbins, Scot, Taylor, Toth, Voss, Colonel Wallace, and Whitvoet.
-Structures identified include: Unalaska Hospital (damaged in a Japanese raid on June 4, 1943), Barracks numbers 2-4, post exchange, post chapel, recreation hall, mess hall, theatre, and the Russian Orthodox Church in Unalaska.
-Geographic locations identified include: Ballyhoo Mountain, Beck Cove, Broad Bay, Eider Point, Hill 200, Hill 400, Hog Island, Humpy Cove, Iliuliuk Bay, Makushin Volcano, Morris Cove, Priest Rock, Mount Pyramid, Summer Bay, Ugadaga Pass, and Ulakta Head.
8. Photographs from Album Number 2; n.d., 1943 (81 b&w prints; 2 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch).
-Subjects of the photographs include Clement Clower and fellow soldiers of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion stationed at Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island, and Clower's family in West Virginia.
-Soldiers identified include: Marvin Adams, W.D. Bailey, J.C. Beavers, Hank Bergman, Denver Biller, Carl Borch, Zachary T. Champlin, Don Chappalear, Clement Clower, Emmett Conrad, M. Coombs, James D. Dietrich, Vince Gardner, Martin E. Hayes, Lawton M. Hoover, Bill Melican, Bill N. Lipscomb, Sim Hing Ong, Howard L. Pyle, Bernard Ringler, John C. Sariotis, Homer Sears, Gordon Smith, and Al Thompson.
-Soldiers identified by last name only include: Barrend, Belles, Clingingsmith, Cottman, Emmons, Pa Finnegan, Graber, Lambert, Micheals, Mize, Lieutenant Shannon, Van Lack, Van Pelt, Walling, and Wather.
9. Photographs from Album Number 3; n.d., 1942, 1993 (78 b&w prints; 1 color print; 22 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch).
-Subjects of the photographs include Clement Clower and fellow soldiers of the 264th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion stationed at Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island, and area facilities and scenery. Also included are two pictures of Attu Island and Massacre Bay there, a photo of the wreckage of a Japanese Zero on Akutan Island in 1942, and a color photo of Joseph B. Steve and his wife in 1993.
-Soldiers identified include: Clement Clower, John Harden, Martin E. Hayes, Lawton M. Hoover, Henry Kalinosky, Charles F. Laskowski, Edward Lloyd, Paul W. Nickolson, Norman Olson, Beaver Payne, Michael Ray, Robert Reno, Thurmond S. Reynolds, William Schmitt, Homer Sears, William L. Tippie, and Gerald Walker.
-Soldiers identified by last name only include: Craig, Greer, Scot, Vivion, Von Kenner, and Col. Wallace.
-Structures and facilities identified include: Unalaska Hospital (bombed June 4, 1943); Submarine Base Navy 151; Dutch Harbor during the air raid on June 3, 1942; Shoreline Road in Unalaska Village; Unalaska as viewed from the south; Ballyhoo Road; and ships in the harbor and bay.
-Geographic locations identified include: Amaknak Island, Ballyhoo Mountain, Dutch Harbor, Eider Point, and Iliuliuk Bay.
Box 3 (Album)
10. Photographs from Album Number 4; n.d., 1939, 1942, 1945, 1946 (102 b&w prints; 1 b&w copy negative, 4 X 5 inch).
-Subjects of the photographs are primarily Clement Clower, his family and friends in West Virginia, and portraits and other photos of friends from military service. There are also group portraits of a basketball and baseball team of which Clower was a member.
-People identified include: Keith Broke, Clement Clower, George Deadrick, Hank DeNault, John Dyer, Jack Graves, John Green, Jim Harmon, Merle Hedrick, Jim Hill, Ray Hill, James Francis Honce, Byron Howse, Forest Kendall, Buck McAvoy, Bill Melican, Delmar Mongold, Dick Mongold, Merle Mongold, Sim Hing Ong, Jesse Riggleman, Evers Roberts, Charles Roby, Virgil Shanholtz, Jim Shuba, Raymond Spence, Ivan Swick, Ralph L. Thompson, Frank Turley, John A. Vinson, and Joe Wimer.
-"Kendall Making Headlines At Navy Pre-Flight School"; ca. 1942. Mounted newspaper article on basketball player and coach Forest Kendall.