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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience
Collection ID: 02.01.0300

Hugh Zeigler papers, 1917-1951

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Location of this collection:
116 Honors Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
Restrictions:
This collection is open to all researchers.
Terms of Access:
Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.
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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Extent:
1 folders
Language:
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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Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to all researchers.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Background

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.

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