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Louis Goldblum Oral History transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2004 Box 1 (04.0001-04.0045), Folder: 04.0032 - Folder 1
Identifier: 04.0032

Scope and Contents

Lt. Louis Goldbrum (U.S. Army, 1941-1947) was assigned to the 1st Aircraft Warning Company as the company photographer. This collection contains an oral history transcript where he discusses the evacuation of Bague, Philippines, where he was stationed, following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He was captured by the Japanese and remained a POW until January 1945.


  • Created: 1941-1947
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/28/2004


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

In the transcript, Louis Goldblum recounts his interactions with the natives and the combat that he saw while he remained in the Philippines. He was captured by the Japanese and marched to the port of Manila in July of 1943 for transport to mainland Japan as slave labor. He comments on living conditions of the POWs in Kyushu and Omuta, where his hand was crushed working in the coal mines. He continued to work and was treated by another POW. In January of 1945, he awoke one morning and the camp was abandoned.In February of 1942, Goldblum was given a battlefield commission and assigned to the 121st Infantry and engaged the Japanese at Aparri in northeast Luzon. He spent time in various hospitals before his discharge in April of 1947.


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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

Louis Goldblum

Method of Acquisition


Louis Goldblum Oral History transcript
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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