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Wiley O. Woods, Jr. and Edward W. Weiss Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2557

This collection contains research collected by Wiley O. Woods, Jr. and Ed Weiss. It concerns the detachment of Air Force men who were sent to San Jose, Mindoro, Philippine Islands during the early days of World War II, and who spent 37 months in a Prisoner of War camp (Tan Toey) on the island of Ambon.

Edward W. Weiss's book Under The Rising Sun: War, Captivity and Survival 1941-1945 (Published by Edward W. Weiss, Erie, Pa., 1992) is included in the collection. Also found are correspondence, notes, book manuscripts, rosters, histories, reunion notices and rosters, diaries, and maps, all of which are addressed to or written by Wiley O. Woods, Jr.

Dates

  • 1984-2002 (bulk 2000-2002)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains research collected by Wiley O. Woods, Jr. and Ed Weiss. It concerns the detachment of Air Force men who were sent to San Jose, Mindoro, Philippine Islands during the early days of World War II, and who spent 37 months in a Prisoner of War camp (Tan Toey) on the island of Ambon.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward W. Weiss was born on December 5th, 1921 in New York City to Louis and Elizabeth (Wheddon) Weiss. He graduated from Lawrence High School. He served in the United States Army for the entirety of World War II, eventually achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He participated in combat operations in the Pacific Theater of the war, also operating radio communications for General MacArthur. He was imprisoned in Indonesia as a Japanese Prisoner of War for 37 months. After the war, he had a long and distinguished career as an air traffic controller. Weiss wrote an account of his time as a P.O.W. in 1946, but did not publish it until 1992 as Under the Rising Sun: War, Captivity, and Survival, 1941-1945, with research support from Wiley O. Woods, Jr. Edward W. Weiss died on July 26th, 2017.

Arrangement

Collection consists of four folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Wiley O. Woods, Jr. on February 15, 2005.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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