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Seat Cushion Emergency Kit



Seat Cushion Emergency Kit
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Title: Seat Cushion Emergency Kit
Description: Major Arthur L. Post of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was shot down on June 20th, 1943 and rescued on September 28th, 1943, after 101 days in the jungle. Here is the seat cushion emergency kit exactly like the one he landed with in the jungle. It was attached to his parachute and contained the only food or medicine he had until he found an indigenous village. The military base where this image was taken was located near Port Moresby, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea). Robert Doyle was not allowed to publish Post's story at that time. It was finally published in January, 1947, by the Milwaukee Journal. Major Post intended to write his own story, but was killed in a test airplane on August 25th, 1944, before he had the chance.

Image ID: 99939
Creation
Date:
November 21, 1943 
Creator
Name:
Doyle, Robert
Collection
Name:
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
Additional
Information:
This image was published in the Milwaukee Journal on January 23rd, 1947, with a series of articles telling Major Post's story. Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Air pilots, Military
Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
First aid in illness and injury
 

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