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Charles S. Lindsay Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0048

This collection consists of a manuscript titled, Charles S. Lindsay, Bomb Disposal Officer Coming of Age in Okinawa by Paul N. Birdwell and Charles S. Lindsay's memoir South of Yontan Okinawa. Paul Birdwell’s manuscript includes biographical information about Charles, a brief history of the Bomb Disposal Unit to which he belonged, and a narrative of his time in Okinawa and Naha, Japan during World War II. The manuscript also includes photographs of the area, a suicide boat, and the Bomb Unit completing missions and disabling bombs, as well as maps and footnotes. Charles Lindsay’s memoir includes a firsthand account of his experience in combat along with photographs of the Guadalcanal, fellow Marines, and the Bomb Disposal Unit disabling various bombs and other projectiles, as well as maps of Okinawa. Also included is a transcript of an interview with Charles S. Lindsay by Paul N. Birdwell.

Dates

  • 1976 June 11, 1985 April 2, 1987 October 29-December 7

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a manuscript titled, Charles S. Lindsay, Bomb Disposal Officer Coming of Age in Okinawa by Paul N. Birdwell and Charles S. Lindsay's memoir South of Yontan Okinawa. Also included is a transcript of an interview with Charles S. Lindsay by Paul N. Birdwell.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Lindsay was a part of the USMC Fleet Marine Force Bomb Disposal Unit. The idea for the unit was developed during the Battle of Britain, when unexploded bombs would land, potentially causing serious injuries to civilians. In response to this issue, a group of engineers were formed to locate these bombs, remove the fuses, and transport them to laboratories for further study. Lindsay was chosen for this unit based on his mechanical aptitude and high intelligence scores. He was trained at the American University in Washington, D.C. for six weeks.

Born in Atlanta, GA Charles S. Lindsay was educated at the Georgia Institute before he moved to Knoxville after the death of his mother. In Knoxville, he earned his degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. He entered the Marine Corps at the age of 24 and was quickly promoted to second lieutenant as a bomb disposal officer within 10 weeks. Lindsay was under the direct command of the Fleet Marine Force and was assigned the duty of diffusing bombs and other projectiles as well as photographing enemy ordnance. His specialty was demolition. In 1945 he was sent to Okinawa in the third assault wave, where he traveled ahead of the 22nd Marines in order to disarm explosives along the route. He remained in Japan throughout the Battle of Okinawa.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders arranged by manuscript.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as part of MS.1881. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.3.0014 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections acquired this collection via the Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480