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Ball, Elmer Allison, 1923-1990



  • Existence: 1923 April 27 - 1990 February 24

Biographical Note: Elmer A. Ball

Elmer Allison Ball served in the U.S. Navy on Guam during World War II.

Ball was born on April 27, 1923 to William S. and Wenona L. Ball in Kansas. He was the fifth of seven children in the family. Before joining the Navy he served in the National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the Navy on April 8, 1941, was discharged June 14, 1946, reenlisted on June 19, 1946 and was discharged on June 18, 1950. He served with the Navy on Guam at Agana Naval Air Station as well as at Sandpoint Naval Air Station in Washington. Though his exact role is unknown, from the photographs in the collection it is likely that while on Guam Ball served with the Combat Air Service Unit CASU(F) 12, which would service and repair a variety of aircraft. After the war he worked in finance.

He married Jan Ruth Willows in Seattle, Washington on March 21, 1943. They had two daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren. He died February 24, 1990 in Florida.

Biography derived from collection materials, donor information and records on

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Elmer A. Ball World War II Negatives

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2021-06-30
Content Description The Elmer A. Ball World War II Negatives is a collection of 184 photographic negatives taken by Ball during his service with the U.S. Navy, much of which took place in Guam during the later years of World War II. The negatives are all medium format black-and-white negatives, except for one color transparency. They were not organized in any particular manner.The images depict a variety of people, activities, and buildings in and around Naval Air Station Agana on Guam from roughly...

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