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These materials form part of the E. Raymond Attebery Papers, which are described and indexed in the guide to the E. Raymond Attebery Papers .
Edgar Raymond Attebery was born in Missouri on Sept. 11, 1895. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, until his studies were interrupted by World War I. In 1917 he joined the Oregon National Guard and served for two years, including 14 months in France. After the war, he earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1921, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and received his bachelor of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1925.
In Sept. 1925 Attebery became pastor of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle (renamed Grace Methodist Church ca. 1939). He would serve in that post the rest of his life. In addition to his work in the ministry, Attebery was active in a number of civic causes. In 1929 he played an active role in the effort to free Industrial Workers of the World members jailed after the 1919 Armistice Day clash between workers and veterans in Centralia. He was also a vocal advocate of Prohibition and a critic of American isolationism.
Attebery joined the Washington National Guard as a chaplain in 1929. He was called to active duty in September 1940, and sent overseas the following year. He died while landing with his division on Biak Island, New Guinea, in May 1944.
Photographs largely from Attebery's time as an Army chaplain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. Includes group portraits of Army chaplains at Fort Lewis, soldiers at a memorial service in Rockhampton. Australia, and other photos of people, probably friends and family.
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Group portraits of U.S. Army chaplains standing outside buildings at Fort Lewis, Washington.
These photographs are stamped "Photo by the U.S. Army Signal Corps- For Official Use Only- Not to be released from Military Control." A letter was sent to the Department of the Army asking if they are still restricted. The answer dated April 21, 2004 was, "The photos you sent are no longer classified FOUO and are authorized for public use."
Lieutenant Cal with baby and woman
Written on verso: Lt. [ill.] Chief of Chaplains's in his division. He's thin and brown here. But in excellent spirit. Even- think he's a better chaplain than Major at least the majors thinks so. Just imagine this boy as having the redest cheeks and the bluest eyes- and you can see how cute he really is. The Texas cowgirls don't excell this lady in riding. She looks the part of a real cowhand. Eh! Her husband is in Army. Native she has roll of- spool for her camera. Cal's coat on fence and cane in his hand. That take 100 sec. Stopped to 16.Written on verso: Australian friends.