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An Interview with Emerson Chapin from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories

This post is the seventh in a series featuring interviews from the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories.  Currently, 29 of the oral history transcripts are available online.  The remainder are available onsite in the Prange Collection.  For other featured oral histories, see this page

Emerson Chapin in uniform in Osaka, Japan sitting amongst ruins in front of a destroyed building of which only the outside walls remain.

Emerson Chapin in Osaka, Japan, 1946.

Today, July 31, is Emerson Chapin’s birthday!

Emerson Chapin (1920 – 2003) was a longtime New York Times editor and foreign correspondent. He served in Japan during the Occupation in both military and civilian roles. In late September, 1945, his division, the 98th Infantry, was sent to Japan as part of the Occupation forces. Discharged in 1946, he returned that same year to Japan to work in the Civil Information and Education Section (CI&E) of GHQ/SCAP doing press analysis of magazines. When CI&E was disbanded, Chapin did similar work for the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service (ATIS). He left Japan on July 10, 1950.

In 2015, Emerson Chapin’s son, David Chapin, donated 404 slides and 236 photographs to the Prange Collection, the majority of which document his father’s time in Japan during the Occupation.  If you are interested in using these materials, please contact us at prangebunko@umd.edu.

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