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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 III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942
This series includes essays and notes relating to courses in international law, and exporting while Aison was at Georgetown University. Of interest are notes pertaining to hypnotism, and a list of the Dewey Decimal System.
Box 4
Folder 3: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - International Law, circa 1938-1942
Folder 4: School of Foreign Service - Georgetown University - Exporting I-304, circa 1938-1942
Folder 5: Government Export Policies, circa 1938-1942
Folder 6: Essays (I), circa 1938-1942
Folder 7: Essays (II), circa 1938-1942
Folder 8: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - Staple Commodities of World Trade (I), circa 1938-1942
Folder 9: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - Staple Commodities of World Trade (II), circa 1938-1942
Folder 10: Notes on Hypnotism, circa 1938-1942
Folder 11: Dewey Decimal System, circa 1938-1942

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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