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Destruction from Japanese bombs, China
Destruction from Japanese bombs, China
TitleDestruction from Japanese bombs, China
Date of Original1945
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionView of damage done to buildings along a street after a bombing raid of the city of Liuchow, China, by the Japanese air force. There are people wandering around on the street, and many buildings are missing roofs or parts of walls, and rubble and bricks are visible on the ground on the left. Taken while Bill Shemorry was in the 164th Signal Photo Company as a combat photographer during World War II.
General SubjectPeople
Social life & customs
Military
Subject (LCTGM)War destruction & pillage
War damage
Buildings
Bombings
People
Streets
Roofs
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - China
LocationChina
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-54-171-1
Negative Number1-54-171-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original11 x 14 cm.
Transcription"1070, China 1945 Liuchow bombed out by Japs" and other writing crossed off - Handwritten on envelope holding 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 (1-54-171-1)
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 IDws1541711
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