Guide to the Hector T. Garcia Memorial, Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, United States Army (ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923) Collection 1944-2007
Cage 763

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, United States Army (ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923) Collection
ID
Cage 763
Date [inclusive]
1944-2007
Extent
12.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
5.75 Linear feet of shelf space
Location note
(MASC STAFF USE) Folder 234: boxed oversize.
Language
English
Abstract
The Army Specialized Training Reserve Program (ASTRP) was one of several U.S. Army special programs created during World War II to meet needs for large numbers of soldiers with special technical and professional skills. Washington State College in Pullman, Washington was home to ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923. This collection consists of materials related to ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923, mainly from the years following their military service. It documents the sustained long-term relationships of many members, and the group's post-war activities.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923 collection

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Army Specialized Training Reserve Program (ASTRP) was one of several U.S. Army special programs created during World War II to meet needs for large numbers of soldiers with special technical and professional skills. ASTRP was created for men who were not yet old enough to be eligible for the military draft (17 years old), to provide college training with military scholarships, thus building a pool of personnel especially well prepared for military service as technicians, specialists, and officer training.

Washington State College in Pullman, Washington was home to ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923. In July 1944, its 250 members--17-year-olds from various western states--arrived on campus. From July until December, they received intensive academic and physical training at WSC, lived on campus in dormitories, and participated in competitive athletics. The 181 members who finished the program scattered to a wide variety of military assignments, but after forming strong personal relationships as members of this cohort many of them maintained lifelong connections with the group. Hector Garcia facilitated these connections through sustained research over many years to locate members.

The group held its first reunion in 1951, and began meeting regularly beginning in 1974. Their tenth reunion was held in 2006.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of materials related to ASTRP Company A, Unit 3923, mainly from the years following their military service. It documents the sustained long-term relationships of many members, and the group's post-war activities. Most of the records are those kept by member Hector Garcia as the informal archivist for the group, and the balance includes papers from Bob Glotzbach, a member who authored a history of the cohort, Fortunate Soldiers (or Soldiers of Fortune) (Glen Ellen, CA: Regeneration Sources, 1997).

The materials include correspondence, company rosters, files related to Garcia's efforts to locate cohort members, reunion files, statistical reports and compilations, collected historical materials, photographs and audiovisual media.

The collection is named in honor of Hector Garcia (1926-2009).

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Arrangement note

The Garcia and Glotzbach materials have been merged into a single collection arranged in six series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1951-2003

Series 2: Membership records and member search files, 1984-2007

Series 3: Reports, memorabilia, historical and miscellaneous materials, 1944-2007

Series 4: Reunions, 1974-2006

Series 5: Audiovisual media, 1985-2006 and undated

Series 6: Photographs, 1974-2006

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 2011 by Leah Garcia, the wife of Hector Garcia, the group's archivist, and Bob Glotzbach, a member of the group (accession number MS 2011-06).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2011 by Katrina Burch.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Army Specialized Training Program (U.S.) -- History.
  • State College of Washington -- History -- Sources.
  • United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
  • Washington State University -- History -- Sources.

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Military
  • Teenage soldiers -- United States -- History -- Sources.
  • Veterans -- United States -- Biography.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1951-2003 

Hector Garcia correspondence 

Box Folder

ASTRP members, 1974-2000 

1 1

Ned Ward, 1974-1997 

1 2

Bob Glotzbach, 1988-1999 

1 3-5

Correspondence with non-members, 1989-2000 

1 6

George Crampton, 1997-2000 

1 7

Miscellaneous, 1990 

1 8
Box Folder

Bob Glotzbach correspondence, 1951-2003 

1 9

Bob Glotzbach correspondence, 1951-2003 (continued) 

2 10-14

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Series 2: Membership records and member search files, 1984-2007 

Box Folder

Company A records, 1990-1998 

2 15

Lists (Mailing, rosters, deceased members, and statistical data), 2003-2008 

3 16-17

Rosters and search documents, undated 

3 18

Membership correspondence, obituaries, information on Henry Butherus, and rosters, 2006-2007 

3 19

Member verifications 

3 20

Searches and results, 1988-2002 

3 21

Death certificate application forms, circa 1997-2003 

3 22

Death certificates and death notices, 1984-2006 

3 23

Death certificates and death notices, 1984-2006 (continued) 

4 24

Death records, 1974-2006 

4 25

Death notices, 2005-2007 

4 26

Member search files 

Box Folder

Joseph Barlow, 1995-2004 

4 27

Richard Hal Calkins, 1998-2003 

4 28

Richard Kennedy Floyd, 1994-2001 

4 29

William Claud Moore, 1994-1998 

4 30-32

Robert V. Petersen, 1993-1997 

5 33

Samuel Robert Rosenberg, Jr., 1994-1997 

5 34

Bernard S. Schwartz, 1994-1997 

5 35

Roger H. Walther, 1994-1997 

5 36

Benito Luigi Bacci, Donald Heyworth Miller, Melvin Gale Roskelley, 1997-1999 

5 37-38

Locating members, 1996-2008 

5 39

Locating members, 1992-1997 

5 40-41
Box Folder

Identification of members of Platoons A and B, 1994 December 

6 42

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Series 3: Reports, memorabilia, historical and miscellaneous materials, 1944-2007 

Box Folder

ASTRP historical background and related correspondence, 1944-1986 

6 43

Colonel Henry Butherus (correspondence, photograph, news clippings, and memorial information), 1976-2007 

6 44

Photographs of Palouse and Camp Roberts, CA (photocopies), draft of Bob Glotzbach's book, and clipping from Forbes magazine, undated 

6 45

Memorabilia (news articles, pamphlet, and photographs), undated 

6 46

Memorabilia ("life after Pullman"), undated 

6 47

Member orders, 1944 

6 48

Story and photographs on Mary Lou Neil 

6 49

Fortunate Soldiers (bound volume), 1997 

6 50

Fortunate Soldiers (draft) 

6 51

Data compilation by Hector Garcia (military statistics, post-war statistics, rosters, and information about deceased members) 

7 52

ASTRP statistics, 1998 

7 53-54

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Series 4: Reunions, 1974-2006 

Box Folder

San Francisco, 1974 

7 55-56

Oakland Airport, Oakland, CA, 1984-1986 

7 57-59

Pullman, WA, 1990 

8 60-61

Asilomar, CA, 1994 

8 62-63

Hawaii (Kona) 1994-1997 

8 64-65

Hawaii, 1997 

8 66

Dana Point, CA, 1998-2000 

8 67-68

Denver, CO, 2002 

8 69

Denver, CO, 2002 (continued) 

8 70

Seattle, WA, 2000-2005 

8 71

Sacramento, CA, 2006 

9 72-73

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Series 5: Audiovisual media, 1985-2006 and undated 

Box Folder

Washington State reunion videocassette (VHS), 1990 

10 74

Henry and May Butherus videocassette (VHS), 1997 

10 75

Fiftieth reunion, Asilomar videocassette (VHS), 1994 May 

10 76

Oakland Airport reunion videocassettes (2 BetaMax cassettes), 1985 

10 77-78

Butherus interview (2 audiocassettes), 1985 

10 79-80

Audiocassette, "Songs of Washington State--WSC Concert Band and Concert Choir" (reproduction), undated 

10 81

Interview with Colonel Henry Butherus, Walla Walla, WA (audio recording on compact disc), 2006 September 24 

10 82

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Series 6: Photographs, 1974-2006 

Box Folder

Butherus memorial luncheon, Vacaville, CA, 2007 November 12 

11 83

Visit to Butherus home, Walla Walla, WA, 2002 May 13 

11 84

"Photos from time at WSU" (photocopies) 

11 85

Miscellaneous (includes Butherus memorial, 1997-2007 

11 86

Unidentified people and scenes from around the Palouse, undated 

11 87-88

Reunions 

Box Folder

San Francisco, 1974 

11 89-98

Ad hoc planning committee meeting for the forty-first reunion, 1985 

11 99

Luncheon at Hyatt Oakland, 1986 

11 100

Pullman reunion, 1990 

11 101-140

Asilomar, CA, 1994 

11 141-144

Asilomar, CA, 1994 (continued) 

12 145-179

Hawaii (Kona), 1997 November 

12 180-222

Denver, CO, 2002 June 

12 223-228

Seattle, WA, 2004 September 

12 229

Sacramento, CA, 2006 

12 230-233
Box Folder

1944 group portrait and related documentation 

Oversize 234

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