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JOHN F. LHOTKA, JR. (1921-1993). World War II Papers and Photographs; 1942-1946. .2 cu. ft.

John F. Lhotka was born in Butte, Montana, in 1921. After working as a chemist, he joined the U. S. Army Chemical Warfare Service as an officer on June 17, 1942. He trained at the Chemical Warfare School, Chemical Warfare Center at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland (Second Special Chemical Course in Aviation, July 5-15, 1942), and at Camp Rucker, Alabama with the 84th Chemical Battalion. Lhotka then served in Alaska in the 11th Air Force, 39th Air Defense Group, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Fort Richardson and Adak Army Air Field. He also took part in the Northern Kurile Air Offensive, and received American Campaign and World War II Victory medals. Lhotka was discharged from the army with the rank of first lieutenant at Fort Douglas, Utah, on January 10, 1946. John F. Lhotka, Jr. died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1993.

The collection consists of the World War II era papers and photographs of Chemical Warfare Service officer John F. Lhotka, Jr. The collection contains: a restricted memorandum to students concerning secrecy from the Chemical Warfare School (originally issued September 17, 1941); two copies of a Chemical Warfare School certificate with group photograph for graduates of the Second Special Chemical Course (Aviation) conducted July 5-15, 1942, listing course director, instructors, and students; Lhotka's certificate of attendance to the above course (July 15, 1942); an envelope for a letter Lhotka sent to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. John F. Lhotka, in Butte, Montana, from Adak (June 16, 1945); Lhotka's U. S. Army military record, report of separation and certificate of service, issued at the Separation Center, Fort Douglas, Utah (January 10, 1946); 73 original black and white prints; 3 black and white photo post cards; and 13 original black and white negatives. Subjects of the photographs and negatives include: John Lhotka and fellow soldiers at Fort Richardson, Mount McKinley National Park and Adak Army Air Field; the Curry Hotel; buildings on Fort Richardson; 11th Air Force facilities at Adak Army Airfield (headquarters, chapel, mess, etc.); a group photo of graduates of the Second Special Aviation Course at the Chemical Warfare School; aerial photos of Adak Army Airfield (U. S. Army Air Force Photos, 7 different);  portraits of Lhotka (2 different); and a panoramic group portrait of members of Company B of the 84th Chemical Battalion at Camp Rucker, Alabama (Nov. 11, 1942, oversize). Subjects of the photo post cards include: the post exchange at Adak (4 different images on one card); 4th Avenue in Anchorage with Hewitt's Drug Store at right (Hewitt's Photo, No. 47); and Alaskan strawberries (Hewitt's Photo, No. 117).

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.
JAS (1/2007)