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Gerald Martinmaas Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2008-061

Content Description

The collection consists of two photo albums, one scrapbook, military records, and portrait photos of Gerald J. Martinmaas. Gerald “Jeff” Martinmaas was born March 18, 1926 in Faulkton, SD and would grow up in the Polo, SD area. He married Elfrieda Haneke on August 24, 1949 and they farmed and ranched near the Polo area. He died November 12, 1996 in Aberdeen. According to his military records, Gerald’s years of service ran from January 18, 1945 to November 20, 1946. Gerald was a member of “H” Company and later “M” Company, 123rd Infantry in Japan as second cook in the unit mess. Three of Gerald’s military documents included in the collection are a certificate of completion of Non-Commissioned Officers Training at Camp Fannin, Texas, certificate of completed training courses at Camp Fannin, Texas, and Separation Qualification Record. The photo albums were collected while Gerald was in Japan in 1945 and 1946. The photo album images are roughly 2”x 3” black and white snapshots of various locations throughout Japan. The images are not all uniform in size. A few of the images are identified. One photo album cover has “Snapshots” written on the front cover and is bound by two rings. Included in this photo album (with some images labeled as 1946) are pictures of American servicemen in uniform at various locations in Japan, Japanese children, buildings, bridges, ships, shrines, destroyed buildings, and scenic view. The second photo album (also with images labeled as 1946) include service men in uniform, Operation Center, the Kanaya Hotel 8th Army Rest Center, Japanese buildings, servicemen on parade and review, a baseball game, and Japanese postcards. The third scrapbook contains both photos and promotional materials (similar to matchbooks or wrappers). The pieces of paper promote hotels, café, restaurants, bars, and tea rooms. The photos in the scrapbook include pictures of servicemen, winter scenes, Japanese buildings, city views, American Red Cross building, camp views, Japanese civilians, shrines and statues, and the Kanaya Hotel.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1945-1946



0.25 Cubic Feet