Inventory of the John Sweeney papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff and Tess McCarthy
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Title: John Sweeney papers
Date: 1972-2001
Collection Number: 2000C11
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, printed matter, videocassettes, and memorabilia relating to the training of Chinese troops by American instructors at the Ramgarh Training Center during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Sweeney, John


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Sweeney papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000C11.


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Biographical Note

John "Red" Sweeney was a technical sergeant in the United States Army and taught military and combat science to the Chinese Army under the command of General Joseph W. Stilwell at the Ramgarh Training Center in India from 1942 to 1944. After this assignment, known as the "Stillwell Mission," Sweeney founded and served as Commander of the Sentry Post American Legion and the Basha China-Burma-India Veterans Post Association in Worcester and was a member of related American Legion groups. He also produced materials after the war such as the monograph, Ramgarh: Now It Can Be Told and videotapes about his instructions on the training of the Chinese Army. Sweeney passed away October 20th, 2007 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence.

Scope and Content of Collection

Writings, printed matter, videocassettes, and memorabilila relating to the training of Chinese troops by American instructors at the Ramgarh Training Center during World War II.

Related Collection(s)

Joseph Warren Stillwell papers, Hoover Institution Archives.
John Richard Shaffer papers, Hoover Institution Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ramgarh Training Center (Ramgarh, Bihar, India)
Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946--Pictorial works.
United States. Army.
Video tapes.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--China-Burma-India Theater
World War, 1939-1945--China-Burma-India.
World War, 1939-1945--India.
World War, 1939-1945--Military training programs.


Videorecordings, 2000-2001

Box 1

United States Postal Service, first day of issue ceremony for the Joseph W. Stilwell postage stamp, 2000 August 24

Scope and Contents note

VHS videocassette. Use copy reference number: 2000C11_v_0003596.
Box 1

Interview of John Sweeney conducted by Joe Todd, 2001 August 30

Scope and Contents note

Interview conducted for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. Sweeney describes his involvement with the Chinese Training Combat Command in China, Burma, and India during World War II. VHS videocassette. Use copy reference number: 2000C11_v_0003595.

Printed Matter and Memorabilia, 1972-2000

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Clipping, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, after 1993

Scope and Contents note

Part of an article about Sweeney reuniting with fellow World War II veteran Liang.
Box/Folder 1 : 2

Ramgarh: Now It Can Be Told, monograph, circa 1999

Scope and Contents note

Details traning program at the Ramgarh Training Center, India. Includes pictorial images, maps, and graphs of the Chinese-American Training Center in India from 1941 to 1945 as compiled by John Sweeney.
Box/Folder 1 : 3

Memorabilia, 1972-2000

Scope and Contents note

China-Burma-India (CBI) Veterans Association, Worcester Basha booklet and stickers of the CBI veterans' flag. Includes a program of the American Philatetic Society's stamp show featuring the Joseph W. Stilwell stamp, a sheet of said stamps, and a commemorative pin of the Joseph Stilwell stamp.