Hugh Zeigler papers, 1917-1951
- 1 folders
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- Zeigler, Hugh, papers. Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.fcla.edu/fsu/WWII_01_0300.
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- Scope and Content:
Hugh Zeigler served with the 454th Heavy Bomb Aviation Ordnance Company, handling and caring for bombs, during World War II in the Philippine Islands. He was captured there by the Japanese and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp. This collection consists of an oral history interview transcript conducted on January 6, 2000.
- Biographical / Historical:
Hugh Zeigler (1917-2010) was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1917. He was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on June 23, 1941. With the 27th Bomb Group, Zeigler went to San Francisco to be shipped to the Philippines on the U.S.S. Coolidge. He unloaded WWI era equipment in the Philippines, and the U.S.S. Coolidge was sunk when it left. He survived until 1942 when the U.S. Army surrendered in Corregidor. He survived the Bataan Death March (and discusses it in detail), malaria, dysentery, and horrifying treatment. In 1943 he was shipped to Osaka and survived a typhoon. 200 American POW's were combined with British and Australian POWs (his POW # was 300), and he was taken to Camp Sacragimo, where he worked on the Osaka Ironworks and built corvette destroyers. Then in 1945, he was sent to Akinori, where he worked in a copper mining camp. He talked about group punishment and being a POW a month after the war ended.
Nannie Zeigler, Hugh's wife, was born in Havana on 17 October 1922 and attended Florida State University School for Women (FSCW). She later taught Spanish at Florence, South Carolina, and moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Signal Corps, translating Spanish into English in 1944. Then she went to Port St. Joe to teach at Florida High (then called Demonstration School). She couldn't get coffee or a car due to rationing during the war.
- Acquisition information:
- United States. Army--History
United States. Army Air Forces--Military life
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American--Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines--Corregidor Island
Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942
Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war--Asia
Florida State University History
Ōsakajō (Osaka, Japan)
- United States. Army Air Forces
President Coolidge (Steamship)
United States. Army. Signal Corps
Florida High School
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (L), 27th
- Savannah (Ga.)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Port Saint Joe (Fla.)