LARKIN J. BURT (1911-1997) U.S. MARINE CORP China 1937 For Sale
LARKIN J. BURT (1911-1997) U.S. MARINE CORP China 1937 :
LARKINJ. BURT (1911-1997)U.S.MARINE CORP (Military service number 246407)COLLECTIONOF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HORRIFIC MASSACRE IN CHINA 1937NANKING,SOOCHOW CREEK, AND SHANGHAI:Stationedin China in 1937, Larkin J. Burt was a military policeman which allowed him touse his camera to meticulouslycapture some of the horrific scenes against Chinese civilians and propertyinflicted by the Imperial Japanese Forces invading Nanking, Soochow Creek, andShanghai.By 1942 Burt would be in Corregidor. Captured in1942, he would spend the next three years in a Japanese Prison Camp. Hesurvived until his return to U.S. Military control at the end of the War in1945. He returned home to his native Mississippi.
Burt was also meticulous in assembling hisphotographic album. The album appears to be in a chronological order, beginningwith his serving in Hawaii, Philippines, Nicaragua, and Indonesia, prior to China.Included are two photographs of “BlueMoon”, identified as “Movie Star”. Believed to be Anna May Wong. Ms. Wong wasin Shanghai in 1937 visiting her father.
There are a total of 181 photographs. All but approximately 40 photographs are fromNanking, Soochow Creek, and Shanghai. There are photographs showing the 4thMarine training operations in the group of 40, civilians, buildings, andvarious landmarks. The number ofphotographs showing the most horrific scenes are 8 at Nanking, 54 at SoochowCreek, and 44 at Shanghai.
Included are two pieces of correspondence. A postcard (Real Photo Post Card of USS Henderson which transported the Marines) sentto his mother as he arrived in San Francisco in June of 1936. A second postcard dated July 4, 1936 is a large post card with a vignette of the USSHenderson and listing it’s itinerary. It is sent to his brother.
As Marine Corporal, Burt was a military policemanin China as he is shown in several photographs. Later fighting in Corregidor,he was a Platoon Sergeant.
Sgt. Burt was awarded the Soochow CreekMedal. That is included in thecollection along with a wooden Chinese grave marker.
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