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Finding Aid for the Robert L. Eichelberger Papers, 1940-1947
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert L. Eichelberger Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1947
    Collection number: 234
    Creator: Eichelberger, Robert L.
    Extent: 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Robert Lawrence Eichelberger (1886-1961) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1909. During World War II, he was assigned command of the 77th Infantry Division, and in charge of the first offensive victory against Japanese land forces in Papua, New Guinea (January 1943). After the war, he was the commander of the army of occupation in Japan (1946-48). The collection consists of a scrapbook and correspondence of General Robert L. Eichelberger.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. W.R. Anderson, 1965.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert L. Eichelberger Papers (Collection 234). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1217927 

    Biography

    Robert Lawrence Eichelberger was born March 9, 1886 in Urbana, Ohio; entered Ohio State University in 1903, leaving two years later to attend the U.S. Military Academy, where he graduated in 1909; assigned as second lieutenant to the Tenth Infantry Regiment, which was transferred to the Panama Canal Zone in 1911; returned to U.S. in 1915 and named operations officer of the Eighth Division in 1918; ordered to Vladivostok to protect American interests during the Russian Revolution; became assistant chief of staff and later intelligence officer for General William S. Graves; remained in military intelligence, traveling in Japan and China before returning to the U.S. in 1921; promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1934, and assigned to War Department in 1935 as secretary to the General Staff; promoted to brigadier general in 1940 and named superintendent of West Point; assigned command of 77th Infantry Division, and in charge of first offensive victory against Japanese land forces in Buna, Papua, New Guinea in January 1943; further successful action in New Guinea and the Philippines in 1944-45; commander of the army of occupation in Japan, 1946-48; author of Our Jungle Road to Tokyo (1950) and Dear Miss Em: General Eichelberger's War in the Pacific, 1942-1945; retired to Asheville, North Carolina; he died on September 26, 1961.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of a scrapbook and correspondence of General Robert L. Eichelberger.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Eichelberger, Robert L.--Archives.
    Generals--United States--Archival resources.