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Howard Bertram Aison Papers, circa 1919-1964, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Jay Gaidmore

Collection Overview

Title: Howard Bertram Aison Papers, circa 1919-1964, undated

ID: 00/MG 61

Primary Creator: Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram) (1920-1997)

Extent: 5.7 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into seven series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Military Records; Series III: Student Papers; Series IV: Printed Material; Series V: Maps; Series VI: Photographs; and Series VII: Oversized Materials.

Date Acquired: 06/22/1999

Subjects: Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram), 1920-1997, Korean War, 1950-1953, Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans, United States. Army, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Languages: English, Korean

Abstract

Aison was a career Army officer who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. This collection primarily relates to his service in these wars. Includes correspondence, photographs, citations, orders, diaries and recollections, unit histories, artifacts, and maps.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, military training manuals, orders, diaries, recollections, unit histories, commendations, printed material, artifacts, and maps related to Howard Bertram Aison's service in the United States Army. The bulk of the collection documents his participation in World War II , Korean War, and Vietnam War. Papers accumulated during Aison's years as a student at Georgetown University are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Howard Bertram Aison was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 7, 1920. He served almost his entire life in the United States Army, serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He attended Georgetown University, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He also participated in ROTC. On June 4, 1942, Aison was drafted into the United States Army. Although he had taken ROTC courses in college he chose to remain an enlisted man, feeling that he was not prepared to be an officer. He served in the 77th Ordnance Depot Company taking part in the Allied campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and Germany.

After the war, Aison returned to civilian life, married, and began working as a salesman. He did not enjoy civilian life, however, and chose to reenlist in the Army, this time as an officer. He was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Department on August 6, 1948. On March 7, 1951, he was promoted to first Lieutenant in the Infantry and, a year later, was ordered to Korea. Aison was first assigned as a United Nations liaison officer with the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th Army. He was responsible for acting as the liaison between the U.S. Division and the United Nations' units serving with it. He then became a platoon leader in a weapons platoon, and then a rifle platoon. On July 6, 1952, he was awarded a Bronze star for actions during a patrol. He was transferred to Civil Assistance in the 2nd Division, where he took an active role in the formation of the "Friendship Home," an orphanage for Korean children. On July 31, 1953 he was promoted to Captain and returned home from Korea in September.

From March 1962 to March 1963, Aison served as senior advisor to the 6th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, I Corps, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. On October 21, 1963, he was awarded a Bronze star with first Oak Leaf cluster for "meritorious duty against hostile forces." He retired from the United States Army in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He resided in Virginia Beach where he worked in imports and exports and invested in real estate. In 1974, he separated from his wife, but never divorced. On August 28, 1997, Lt. Colonel Howard Bertram Aison (ret.) died in Virginia Beach.

Subject/Index Terms

Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram), 1920-1997
Korean War, 1950-1953
Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans
United States. Army
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 8 Hollinger document cases and 2 oversize boxes

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restriction.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Gerald P. Gaidmore

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A98-5

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Lt. Colonel Howard Bertram Aison Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1951-1953],
[Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated],
[Series III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942],
[Series IV: Printed Material, 1918-1956, undated],
[Series V: Maps and Overlays, undated],
[Series VI: Photographs, circa 1942-1964, undated],
[Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1919-1958, undated],
[All]

Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated
This series contains military records documenting Aison's service in the United States Army. Included in the series are orders, service medals, recollections of his service, and military training material, among others.
Sub-Series A: World War II, 1942-1945, undated
This sub-series includes an induction notice, promotion certificates, orders, customs declarations for war trophies, a diary, and recollections from Aison's time in the United States Army during World War II. The diary records his service during the war in 1945. The recollections detail Aison's service in Anzio, Italy and Southern France. Other material of note are instructions for the treatment of the enemy, instructions for the conduct of U.S. troops in North Africa, and a history of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company.
Box 2
Folder 9: Timeline and Notes of Service, 1942-1945
Folder 10: Draft Induction, Promotion Certificate, FDR Form Letter, undated
Folder 11: Orders, 1943 February-1944 February
Folder 12: Diary, 1945
Folder 13: Recollections - Anzio, undated
Folder 14: Recollections - Italy, undated
Folder 15: Recollections - Southern France, undated
Folder 16: History of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company, undated
Folder 17: Home Address of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company, undated
Folder 18: Certificates, Affidavits, and Custom Declarations - War Trophies, undated
Folder 19: Vital Information on Conduct of U.S. Troops; Instructions for Treatment of Enemy, undated
Sub-Series B: Korea, 1951-1953, undated
This sub-series includes records from Aison's time in the Korean War. Material found in the sub-series include orders, training bulletins, commendations, recommendations for bravery and promotions, and standard operating procedures for civil affairs. Of note are the training bulletins relating to patrol actions, the combat leaders guide, and general orders for sentinels, and an ID card and pass issued to Korean civilians.
Box 2
Folder 20: Orders, 1951-1953
Folder 21: Recommendations and Commendations for Heroism, Promotion, and Superior Service, undated
Folder 22: Financial Documents, undated
Folder 23: 2nd Infantry Division Civil Affairs (I), undated
Folder 24: 2nd Infantry Division Civil Affairs (II), undated
Folder 25: Staff Director - 2nd Infantry Division, 1953 September 1
Folder 26: The Friendship House, undated
Folder 27: Security Codes, undated
Folder 28: Training Bulletin, Patrol Plan, 1952
Folder 29: General Orders for Sentinels, Combat Leaders Guide, undated
Folder 30: Employee ID Card and Pass (Korean and English Language), undated
Sub-Series C: Vietnam, 1962, undated
This sub-series contains military records of Aison while in the Vietnam War. Material found in this sub-series include orders issued in 1962, and a certificate for the Bronze Star.
Box 2
Folder 31: Award of Bronze Star Medal, undated
Folder 32: Orders, 1962 November 21
Sub-Series D: Training, 1961-1964, undated
This sub-series includes training material collected from various training schools such as: The U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Manpower Control Officers Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Noteworthy is the syllabi, course descriptions, and training manuals from the U.S. Army Special Warfare School.
Box 2
Folder 33: U.S. Army Infantry School - Ft. Benning, Georgia, undated
Folder 34: Manpower Control Officers Course (I), 1961
Folder 35: Manpower Control Officers Course (II), 1961
Folder 36: Manpower Control Officers Course (III), 1961
Box 3
Folder 1: Manpower Control Officers Course (IV), 1961
Folder 2: Manpower Control Officers Course (V), 1961
Folder 3: Manpower Control Officers Course (VI), 1961
Folder 4: Manpower Control Officers Course (VII), 1961
Folder 5: Manpower Control Officers Course (VIII), 1961
Folder 6: Manpower Control Officers Course (IX), 1961
Folder 7: Manpower Control Officers Course (X), 1961
Folder 8: U.S. Army Special Warfare School - Syllabi, 1964
Folder 9: U.S. Army Special Warefare School - Counterinsurgency Operations Officers Course, 1964
Folder 10: "Pre-requisites for Resistance Movements and Guerrilla Operations" Counter Insurgency Dept., U.S. Army Special Warefare School, undated
Folder 11: "Communist Ideology Strategy and Tactics" Counter Insurgengy Dept., U.S. Army Special Warfare School, undated
Folder 12: "Readings in Guerrilla Warfare" U.S. Army Special Warfare School (Fort Bragg), undated
Folder 13: "Readings in Psychological Operations" Table of Contents, undated
Folder 14: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section I "Famous Propaganda Documents", undated
Folder 15: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section II "The Nature of Psychological Operations", undated
Folder 16: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section III "Target Analysis", undated
Folder 17: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section IV "Psychological Operations Intelligence and Propaganda Analysis", undated
Folder 18: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section V "Propaganda Development", undated
Folder 19: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VI "Psychological Operations Planning", undated
Folder 20: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VII "Propaganda Media", undated
Folder 21: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VIII "Communism and Communist Propaganda", undated
Box 4
Folder 1: Certificates of Completion, undated
Sub-Series E: General Records, 1948-1961
This sub-series consists of promotion material for Aison while in the United States Army.
Box 4
Folder 2: Promotions, 1948-1961

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1951-1953],
[Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated],
[Series III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942],
[Series IV: Printed Material, 1918-1956, undated],
[Series V: Maps and Overlays, undated],
[Series VI: Photographs, circa 1942-1964, undated],
[Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1919-1958, undated],
[All]

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