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Portrait of an Australian soldier of Fortune Officer in Chinese Army, China
Portrait of an Australian soldier of Fortune Officer in Chinese Army, China
TitlePortrait of an Australian soldier of Fortune Officer in Chinese Army, China
Date of Original1944
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionA portrait of an Australian man wearing a military uniform who serves as a Soldier of Fortune Officer in the Chinese army. In the background is a decorated gate and Chinese symbols. Taken while Bill Shemorry was in the 164th Signal Photo Company as a combat photographer during World War II.
General SubjectPeople
Military
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Soldiers
Military uniforms
Hats
Gates
Boots
Clothing & dress
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - China
LocationChina
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-54-112-1
Negative Number1-54-112-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original14 x 11 cm.
Transcription"1011, China 1944, Australian Soldier of Fortune Officer in Chinese Army" - Handwritten on envelope holding 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 (1-54-112-1)
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 IDws1541121
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