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Bill Shemorry with camouflaged tent
Bill Shemorry with camouflaged tent
TitleBill Shemorry with camouflaged tent
Date of Original1944?
DescriptionA portrait of William Shemorry sitting next to a camouflaged tent in a forest. Taken during Shemorry's service in WWII in the 164th Signal Photo Company as a combat photographer.
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Camouflage (Military science)
Military life
Military maneuvers
Military personnel
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - India
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - China
World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Burma
Organization NameUnited States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
United States. Army
Item Number1-54-124-1
Negative Number1-54-124-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original6 x 6 cm.
Transcription"1023, Misc WW E Army Photos about 14, Shemorry - Camp ____ " - Handwritten on envelope containing negatives.
"Heres a shot I made on bivnoa some weeks ago - note camouflaged tent." - Handwritten on back of photographic print with matching 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 (1-54-124-1)
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
Digital IDws1541241
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