Named WWII USMC Intelligence Officer Documents Bag


The large, khaki Marine Corps officer documents bag of Lieutenant Jack E. Bronston. The bag is essentially a combat briefcase, being approximately 18 inches wide by 13 inches tall by 3 inches deep. The stencil of “Lt. J.E. Bronston USMC” appears on the bag four times (obviously Lieutenant Bronson was going to make sure that no one walked off with his bag by mistake). Jack Bronston, the officer who carried the bag, had some serious brain power, and so the course of his Marine Corps service in World War II is not surprising. He entered the Corps in 1942, after having already graduated from Harvard, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. It’s not surprising, then, that the Marine Corps placed him in Military Intelligence and sent him to the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School, where he was trained as a Japanese language interpreter. He graduated from that school in 1943 and was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he served in combat operations on Guam, Okinawa, and northern China. Following the war he graduated from Harvard Law School and entered politics. He died in December of 2017. There is a monthly newsletter that can be found on line called “The Interpreter”, published by and for the World War II graduates of the Japanese Language School. A short article by Bronston about his experiences in the Pacific was published in issue number 11 of “The Interpreter”, dated November, 15, 2000. This case has spots and stains from field use but it remains in excellent used condition. It’s not difficult at all to imagine Lieutenant Bronston carrying this case, with maps and Japanese language manuals and dictionaries, onto the beach and across the hills of Okinawa or through the fields on northern China.
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