Raymond Fleming enlisted in the US Army
on January 29, 1942 on Christmas Island, where he worked as an Assistant Engineer. He
served in the Pacific Theater as an Army Engineer throughout 1942.The collection
documents his experiences on Christmas Island in late 1941, especially on Pearl Harbor
Day, and as an Army Engineer in the Pacific Theater in 1942. It consists primarily of
diaries written by Fleming between November 1941 and June 1942, and one diary from 1946
that documents his experiences immediately following the war, including his civilian
work and marriage.
Raymond Creffield Fleming was born August 19, 1916 in Washington state. After he and his
family moved to San Francisco, he attended the University of California, Berkeley where
he served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). In November 1941, he
sailed on the SS Haleakala from Honolulu to Christmas Island, where he worked as an
Assistant Engineer until enlisting in the US Army on January 29, 1942. He served in the
Pacific Theater as an Army Engineer throughout 1942.
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