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World War II Williston natives in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
World War II Williston natives in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
TitleWorld War II Williston natives in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Date of Original1943
CreatorHapip, Walt, photographer
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThe picture above was taken on Guadalcanal by Sgt. Walter Hapip. The three men pictured are (left to right) Sgt. Elmer James Cecil, Sgt. Robert Jeffrey and Sgt. Orville Wegley. At that time, Sgt. Cecil had not taken a bath for thirty days and the beard on his face was a growth of twenty-eight days. No further information on the circumstances surrounding the picture is known.
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Military maneuvers
Military mobilizations
Military officers
Military personnel
Military uniforms
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Guadalcanal
World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Solomon Islands
World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameCecil, Elmer James
Hapip, Walter
Jeffrey, Robert
Wegley, Orville
Solomon Islands
Item Number1-187-46
Negative Number1-187-46
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Jim Cecil, Jeffrey, Wegley on Guadalcanal 1943 Sgt Elmer James Cecil Sgt Bob Jeffrey Sgt Orville Wegley on Guadalcanal Return to Shemorry Photo by Walt Hapip"--Handwritten on back of print
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe description was derived from a caption from a newspaper clipping that was not identified or dated.
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 (1-187-46)
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 IDws118746
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