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Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen papers

Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen papers

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Finding aid for the Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen papers

BC.MSS.16.12

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

April 14, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Cremeen, Thomas L., 1925-2006
Title: Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen papers
Dates: 1920-2006
Quantity: 2.1 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents, photographs, and memorabilia primarily from the World War II military service of Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen of Marianna, Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.16.12
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, photographs, and memorabilia primarily from the life of Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen of Marianna, Arkansas, with an emphasis on his military service during World War II.


Biographical Information

Thomas Lee Cremeen was born October 27, 1925, in Philadephia, Mississippi, to Thomas B. Cremeen and Verna Rafferty Cremeen. He had a younger brother, Billy G. Cremeen. The family located in Brinkley, Ark., where Thomas B. worked with a railroad bridge construction crew. The collection contains photographs of the work of the railroad crew. Thomas Lee graduated from Brinkley High School in 1943.

Cremeen enlisted in the army air corps and was called up for service in January 1944. Following training as a ball gunner on the B-24 liberator, he arrived in Italy in September 1944. He was involved in several missions over Austria and Germany. On December 2, 1944, his plane was shot down over Blechhammer, Germany.

Cremeen was taken to the prisoner of war camp, Stalag Luft I at Barth, Germany, where he was held until the camp was liberated by the Russians on May 1, 1945. The majority of the material in this collection concerns Cremeen's military service, including his incarceration as a prisoner of war. The men liberated from Stalag Luft I were returned to the United States in early June 1945.

After being discharged from the service in November 1945, Cremeen took up his education. He graduated in 1950 from Arkansas State Teachers' College and in 1952 from Northwestern University School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry for more than 50 years at Marianna, Arkansas.

Thomas Cremeen was married for a time to Marilyn Holt Cremeen, of Cairo, Illinois, and later of Little Rock. The couple had two children, Thomas L. Cremeen Jr. and Beverly Cremeen. Dr. Cremeen died January 10, 2006.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

B-24 (Bomber)
Barth (Germany)
Brinkley (Ark.)
Cremeen, Bill G., Dr., 1928-
Cremeen, Thomas B., Dr., 1899-1968
Cremeen, Thomas L., 1925-2006
Cremeen, Verna Rafferty, 1907-2003
Liberator (Bomber)
Railroads -- Construction -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock
Stalag Luft I
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and Prisons

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Thomas L. Cremeen papers, MSS.16.12, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Bill G. Cremeen and Leah Wilkinson, February 12, 2016


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