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: 1952
Description: Pyle speaks of the “Vanishing American” and refers to Herbert Hoover.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with CFC John H. Ledford of Phoenix, 43rd Wing Victory Division at Luzon.

Created Date: 1945-04-29
Description: Interviews with Ben Grauer (NBC radio announcer) re: conference proceedings; John Wald (Richfield Reporters) re: conference proceedings.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with CFC Robert Legate of Eloy, AZ, 43rd Wing Victory Division at Luzon.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with Private W. B. McDaniels of Flagstaff, 43rd Wing Victory Division at Luzon.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with PFC Arnufo Detraillo, of Tucson. Speaks segment in Spanish.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Interview with Sargent Reese L. Brewer of Pinedale, Arizona, 43rd Wing Victory Division at Luzon.

Created Date: 1945
Description: Pyle reporting and audio recording of address by General Douglas MacArthur at the Special Session of the 1st Congress of the Philippines, Part I.

Description: Describes his perceptions and experiences with Japanese occupation of Manila, prospects for the future of the Phillipines, and the qualities of the American soldier.

Created Date: 1945-06-17
Description: They discuss available clothing, “shoe stamps” in the US, Philippine children and hospital care.