Skip to main content

Thurston Macon transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2001 Box 21 (01.0508-01.0524), Folder: 01.0511 - Folder 1
Identifier: 01.0511

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Thurston Macon who served as a Corporal in the United States Army with 799th Military Police Battalion during World War II. Within this interview, Macon describes his basic training at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan, his trip to Australia on the USAT Willard A. Holbrook. He describes his guard detail for General MacArthur in Brisbane, Australia, and Manila, as well as his personal interaction with MacArthur. Macon was also chosen as an honor guard for the Yamashita trial in late 1945.


  • Created: 1941-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/02/2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Thurston Macon was born on December 18, 1924, in Zebulon, North Carolina. Macon recalls his last year of formal education was the fourth grade at a local grade school. He left school to help his father with farm work. At fourteen Macons' family moved to Henderson, North Carolina about an hour away from his hometown of Zebulon. Macon then moved by himself to Washington D.C. at the age of seventeen. On December 7, 1941, he was sitting in a jail cell in Tampa, Florida for jumping into freight trains with his cousin when he heard of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Although he was too young to volunteer for the military that did not stop him from trying. After being rejected for his age, Macon went to work for The Guthrie Boys, a local printer in Washington D.C.

However two years later he was drafted into World War II on April 8, 1943. He was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Macon then completed basic training at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan, after thirteen weeks of training. He then shipped to Australia aboard the USAT Willard A. Holbrook. Macon docked in Brisbane where he was detailed to guard General Douglas MacArthur during MacArthurs' six-month stay.

After Macon finished his eighteen-month deployment in Brisbane, he was then shipped to Manila, the Philippines to guard General MacArthur again. Later Macon was selected as an honor guard for Tomoyuki Yamashita while he was on trial for war crimes, late in 1945. After the trial, Macon was sent home and discharged from the Army. Macon received two Bronze Stars and a Medal of Liberation of the Philippines for his service. Upon returning to the United States on January 26, 1946, Macon was discharged and returned to the printing business in Washington D.C. for thirty-two years until his retirement. Macon passed away on March 28, 2002, in Greenville, Pitt County, NC.


1 folders

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Thurston Macon

Method of Acquisition


Thurston Macon transcript
Jessie Mrock
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US