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William E. (Bill) Shemorry at meal time on maneuvers in Tennessee
William E. (Bill) Shemorry at meal time on maneuvers in Tennessee
TitleWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry at meal time on maneuvers in Tennessee
Date of Original1943
DescriptionA view of Bill Shemorry taking a bite of food while on maneuvers in Tennessee. Unfortunately, the man standing on the left in the photograph has not been identified.
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Military officers
Military camps
Military cookery
Military education
Military training
Military facilities
Military life
Military maneuvers
Military personnel
Eating & drinking
Military uniforms
Canteens (Beverage containers)
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameUnited States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
United States. Army
Item Number1-31B-101-2
Negative Number1-31B-101-2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"WW2 - MOSTLY on Maneuvers IN TENNESSEE"--Handwritten on envelope containing negatives
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 (1-31B-101-2)
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
Digital IDws131B1012
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