J. Howard Pyle Radio Broadcasts, 1944-1952


A collection of thirty six brief interviews and news stories primarily regarding actions of the United States military in the Philippines during World War II.

Interviewees include General Douglas MacArthur and Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger and radio personalities Fred MacPherson, Frank McCall, Ben Grauer and Mucio Delgado. Hometowner programs include interviews with several soldiers, nurses and WACS from Arizona serving in the vicinity of Manila and Luzon. Pyle's 1952 Republican National Convention speech "What is Right For America?" is presented, along with coverage of the 1945 United Nations conference in San Francisco. Detailed descriptions of each recording are also included.

The collection of interviews were digitized from vinyl audio transcription discs in 2010-2011 with the support of the Luhrs Family Endowment. These recordings are a part of the Howard Pyle Collection described at Arizona Archives Online.


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1944 2012

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Created Date: 1945
Description: “Broadcast #3 in new series for KTAR”. Interviews with soldiers from 32nd Division” at Luzon, Philippines: James Burchett, Eloy AZ; Faustino Estrada, Williams AZ; Billy J. Hill, Miami AZ; Homer Cummings, Jerome AZ.

Created Date: 1945
Description: C-54 flight to Hawaii. Passenger safety briefing incl. “Mae West” life preserver.


Created Date: 1945-08-09
Description: Interviews with Lt. Laura Celaya of Tempe, 120th General Hospital; Lt. Mary Ellen Smith of Buckeye, 80th General Hospital. Addition to 158th Infantry series.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Arrival at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. Commentary re: 158th Infantry from Arizona.

Description: Gives overview of the appearance and condition of Manila before and after war.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with General Hanford MacNider of the 158th Regimental Combat Team. Broadcast #8, 158th Regimental Combat Team series from 158th headquarters at Luzon.

Created Date: 1945-08-09
Description: Interviews with Lt. Agnes Mitchell of Chinle, 80th General Hospital; Lt. Doris Norberg of Warren, 313th General Hospital. She met her fiancee at Fort Huachuca. Addition to 158th Infantry series.

Created Date: 1945-08-04
Description: Interviews with Manuel Marino Caballeros of Patagonia; Lt. John P. Diaz of Phoenix (1942 ASC graduate); Pyle summarizes and wraps up the 158th Infantry series. Broadcast #9, 158th Regimental Combat Team series.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interviews with Rudolph Caballeros of Benson AZ; Leon J. Gailey, Litchfield Park; Raul L. Vasquez, Tempe AZ; Captain Marquez Gawinner, Atlanta Georgia re: Arizona Bushmasters. Broadcast #7, 158th Regimental Combat Team series from Legaspi area of southern Luzon.