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James W. Ochs WWII collection RHC-55

Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49503



Repository: Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
creatorOchs, James W.
Title: James W. Ochs WWII collection
Dates: 1942-1945
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet(2 flat boxes)
AbstractJim Ochs was born in Charlevoix, Michigan in 1922. He received his draft notice in late 1942 and received training as a photographer. His division went to France in the fall of 1944, and was in action around Metz, in the Bulge counterattack, and Patton's advance into Germany. Collection includes a photo album of images taken by Ochs that document his tour of duty in France with the 26th Division, friends he acquired in France, and his leisure time activities. Also Army Signal Corps photos, documents, articles, letters, brochures and other printed materials, currency and artifacts collected by Ochs.
Identification: RHC-55
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Collection Description

Collection includes a photo album of images taken by Ochs, 16 photos taken by the Army Signal Corps of the 26th Infantry Division, and a scrapbook of documents, articles, letters, brochures and other printed materials, currency and artifacts collected by Ochs. Photographs in the album document his tour of duty in France with the 26th Division, friends he acquired in France, and his leisure time activities. The collection also included is a copy of the video interview conducted for the Veterans History Project, digitized images from the photo album, and a dvd compiled by Ochs of images and music.


Biography

Born in Charlevoix, Michigan in 1922, Jim Ochs grew up through the Depression. After graduating from high school in 1940, he attended college for a couple of years before receiving his draft notice in late 1942. He received training as a photographer, but was shuttled around between different training programs and eventually wound up with a signal company attached to the 26th Division as a message center runner. His division went to France in the fall of 1944, and was in action around Metz, in the Bulge counterattack, and Patton's advance into Germany. Ochs managed to acquire a camera and improvised a darkroom to develop his pictures while on campaign.


France
Photographs
Scrapbooks
United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Ochs WWII collection (RHC-55). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from James W. Ochs as a result of the Veterans History Project interview conducted by Grand Valley State University History Department’s James Smither, 2011.


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