Bernard Elissagaray’s Photos

BERNARD C. ELISSAGARAY
ABLE COMPANY RIFLEMAN
OVERSEAS, MARCH – JULY 1944
STATESIDE, DECEMBER 1944 – NOVEMBER 1945

Bernard Carol Elissagaray was a replacement rifleman who joined Company A in the spring of 1944. He fought in the battle of Saipan, and was wounded in the leg during the landing on Tinian. It was the million-dollar wound; Bernard was sent to a Naval hospital, and was placed on stateside duty until his discharge as a corporal in 1946. Elissagaray was a consummate collector. His photographs not only document his time in Company A, but his convalescence and service in his native California. He “liberated” dozens of paper trophies on Saipan – from Japanese money, letters, and photographs to American intelligence material – and saved his own service records from his induction notice to the Western Union telegram that informed his mother of his wounding. He augmented the whole collection with a series of official government photographs documenting the Pacific War.

All images on this page are from the collection of the webmaster.

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