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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Wartime Autograph Book Series
Ed Burroughs' desire for an active role in the war zone led him to a new goal; after resigning from his duties with BMTC - the civilian corps - he sought to be a war correspondent for the United Press. 

On October 23, 1942 with the approval still not received, Ed wrote in his diary, "Am now all ready to go almost. I know that, at my age, it is probably a fool thing to do. My decision, then, is not based on faulty judgement. I want the experience. If I don't come back, I am at least definitely expendable. So it won't make any difference. . . ." 

The United Press credentials arrived and on November 2 Ed sent a thank-you letter to old friend George Carlin, of the United Feature Syndicate, who had been a great help in Ed's quest for accreditation. Carlin responded, "Your example in always seeking fresh adventure at an age when most of your contemporaries are content to give up and just stay waiting is an inspiration to me and gives me a goal at which to aim." 

Now an accredited war correspondent at the age of sixty-seven, Burroughs waited for his army approval and assignment to a plane. On November 6 he started his autograph album which he planned to carry with him. Fittingly, the first entries were by longtime friend, Captain Phil Bird and fellow United Press correspondent, William Tyree.

1942 ~ Part I: November

For more than a quarter of a century, I have been giving autographs.
Thousands of them. And I have never asked for one.
The worm has turned. He wants your autograph. Thanks!
Edgar Rice Burroughs
United Press, Honolulu


For more than a quarter of a century, I have been giving autographs. 
Thousands of them. And I have never asked for one.
The worm has turned. He wants your autograph. Thanks!
Edgar Rice Burroughs
United Press, Honolulu

November 6, 1942: Honolulu
To an old friend - Love & kisses ~ Phil Bird - Capt. 117-NE-11th - Oklahoma City, Okla
I'll be damned if I can think of anything clever right now - RJ ~ Robert Jasp - Capt 64th CAV - Clinton Ohio
May you "scoop" the South Pacific for U.P. ~ William F. Tyree, United Press - Westwood, Calif
November 19, 1942
Brownie B-1

James A Woodruff ~ Major General of U.S. Army - Nuimalu Hotel, Honolulu, T.H.
I knew you when - Ed! All the best to you and come back and tell us all about it! 
~ C.B. "Duke" Willey ~ Ex Major BMTC ~ Global Address: Sometimes found at 21 Juruer St., Newtonville, Mass

November 6, 1942
Capt. Howard J. Keifer, USA ~ Stationed at Honolulu, T.H. ~ 130-46 Lefferts Avenue, South Ozone Park, New York
(Ed: At Maj Rumple's grs - Shafter?)

November 6, 1942
Aloha, Aloha Nui Loa - Ed:- You'll always be "Major" to me and 
will be counted at the top of my list of of "Grand People."
~ Jack Jenkins - Private ? or Sargent ? or Capt B.M.T.C.
November 8, 1942: At Jack Halliday's
To a fine bridge opponent. Good luck on your trip South. ~ Frederic Friend, Jr?. - Lt. (JG) U.S.N.


November 6, 1942
To a very fine gentleman ~ PFC James R. Carr - Hq Btry 63th CA (aa) - 
APO #958 c/o P.M. - San Francisco, Calif ~ 33 Woodward Ave. S.W., Atlanta, Ga. U.S.A.
(Ed: This boy drove Bird and me all day. A good driver.)
November 8, 1942
I can't think of anything really insulting enough to write here so I'll just say, With much love
~ Eleanor Halliday


November 10, 1942
To: The greatest Tarzan that I have ever met. 
I would have liked to have had "Tarzan" aboard a P T Boat -
He would have enjoyed the ride. ~ Lt. J. I. Everest ~ c/o #985, Okla City, Okla

November 8, 1942
To the old *** ***  *** - God bless him, Yours, John Hamed?
November 10, 1942
Dear Ed: We shall certainly remember forever the good times we've had with you here in Hawaii. ~ Wilma Bird

November 10, 1942
To Ed: I've lived next door in Encino 80000. 
We meet a few hundred miles away and liquor is twenty cents a bottle. ~ Bee Wright
Frank Wright - 325 Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, Ill.

November 14, 1942
Just another soldier who was part of an A.A. Btry move and one night in the field 
~ Burl W. Hermansen - 1st Lt 64th CA (AA), Preston, Nevada
November 19, 1942
An Oklahoma Landlubber ~ Victor C. Rochelle, Ensign
(Ed: a friend of Brownie)

November 14, 1942
To Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose stories of adventure 
are among my most fondly remembered reading experience.
~ Gordon C. Galloway - 2nd Lt. 64th CA (AA) - 80-60 Grenfell Ave. Kew Garden, NY

November 14, 1942: H Batallion
Hope you keep a "High Angle of Dangle" ~ John I. Brownley? - Washington DC

November 14, 1942
Herbert E. Bryles ~ 1st Sgt Btry H - 64th, CA AA - Beebe, Arkansas
PFC Robert A. Vadasy ~ Rossiter, Pa - Student

November 14, 1942
Cpl Edwin G. Kemp ~ 3705 - 79th Street, Jackson Heights, R.I., N.Y.
Special Agent for Home Insurance Co. of New York - (Fire Insurance)
Pvt. John McGee ~ 860 W. 4th St., San Pedro, Calif (Tug Boat Operator)

November 14, 1942
Pfc. Richard Henry ~ Des Moines, Iowa (Fire Ins. Agency Work)
Pvt. Jacob Dlugatch ~ Brooklyn, New York (Occultist)

November 14, 1942
Sgt. Albert J. Kisko ~ Mahanay City, Penns.
(Coal Bootlegger until joining army  April 1940)

November 14, 1942
Cpl. Harold Kluck ~ Bayonne, N.J. (Baker until joining army Feb 1941)

November 14, 1942
S/Sgt. Walter R. Strappel - Chief of Range - Windber, Penns. 
(Before for coming to Honolulu - Occupation: Boxer)

November 14, 1942
PFC James O. Kaylar ~ Butler, Pennsylvania
(Occupation before drafted: Service Station Manager - Drafted February 19, 1942)

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