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John E. Lane papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 27 (00.0806-00.0837), Folder: 00.0813-Folder 1
Identifier: 00.0813

Scope and Contents

This unpublished memoir relates to Private John E. Lane who served in the United States Marine Corps, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, as a rifleman, runner, and radioman during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The collection contains a memoir “Private Lane,” describing Lane's experiences during World War II from 1941 to 1945. The collection also includes 3 portraits of Lane during 1944-1945.

In the memoir, he recounts many important aspects, such as the motivation and patriotism at the very moment of Pearl Harbor, training experience, his family bonds, the battlefield, food supplies, Iwo Jima, Japanese soldiers and their humanities, friendships in the camp, and the stories back to home.


  • Created: 1941-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/14/2000


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

John E. Lane was born June 12, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Selena Durack Lane. He married Marie Roland on September 14, 1947, in West New York, N.J. He held a master's degree from Columbia University, East Asian Institute. During the war, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, as a rifleman, runner, and radioman. He worked as a professor of history at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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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

John. E. Lane

Method of Acquisition


John E. Lane papers
Huaqing Shi
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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