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William E. (Bill) Shemorry with U.S. Army 164 Signal Photo Company photographers, China
William E. (Bill) Shemorry with U.S. Army 164 Signal Photo Company photographers, China
TitleWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry with U.S. Army 164 Signal Photo Company photographers, China
Date of Original1944 or 1945
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionBill Shemorry poses with other members of the U.S. Army 164 Signal Photo Company photographer, including Bill Randolph, Ed McCormick, Eddie Fay, Geo. Kocourek and Chas Hatfield, in China.
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Military personnel
Photographers
Cameras
Uniforms
Men
Mustaches
Rifles
Helmets
Military officers
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Burma
Personal NameRandolph, Bill
Shemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
McCormick, Ed
Fay, Eddie
Kocourek, Geo.
Hatfield, Chas
Organization NameUnited States. Army
United States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
LocationChina
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-31A-27-3
Negative Number1-31A-27-3
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"1944 164 Signal Photo Co. photographers taken on Burma Road in China 1944 or 1945 Bill Shemorry on Burma Road ind in Darkroom at Paoshan"--Handwritten on envelope containing negative
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-31A-27-3)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws131A273
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