Wartime in Atlantic City and Atlantic City Veterans

Guide to Library Resources: Wartime in Atlantic City and AC Veterans


Atlantic City has a long-standing tradition of supporting the United States Armed Forces. From the Civil War to the present, the City has given all - citizens, soldiers, hotels, and dollars - to support the war effort. During World War II, Atlantic City was converted into a training and recruitment base, known locally as Camp Boardwalk. Hotels previously full of tourists became barracks for soldiers, and Thomas M. England General Hospital was established in the world-famous Chalfonte-Haddon Hall and Traymore Hotels to care for wounded soldiers and amputees.

An unidentified serviceperson being honored at a ceremony in Atlantic City. (Undated, H009.Veterans001)

The Heston Room at the Atlantic City Free Public Library contains information and resources about Atlantic City and its rich history and heritage. This Resource Guide lists information available in the room for research about Atlantic City veterans and wartime in Atlantic City. The Heston Room is open for walk-in research on Wednesdays (2:00-4:30 PM) and Thursdays (9:30 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:30 PM). At all other times, an advance appointment is required.

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter, African-Americans in the Military: World War I & World War II, selected biographies, [New York]: 2008.

Atlantic County Government, compiled by Cindy Mason-Purdie, Called to Duty: Recollections of Atlantic County Veterans. [New Jersey]: 2002.

H. Robert Koltnow, The Story of My Brother, One of the Greatest Generation: Irv Koltnow. Oakland Park, FL: Middle River Press, 2008.

Marston A. Mischlich, Atlantic City Answers the Call to World War II: How it and the Surrounding Area Contributed to the War Effort. [s.l.]:1998.

Marston A. Mischlich, Southern New Jersey: Pulling Together During World War II. [s.l.]: 2003. 

The Desert Shield/Storm Family Foundation, Inc., New Jersey Army & Air National Guard: Footprints in the Sand. [New Jersey]: 1991-1992.

World War II: Atlantic City Remembers, A Tribute to the Summer of 1942. [Atlantic City, NJ]: 1992.

Local History Biography Files

Irvin Baker
Gen. Daniel DeBrier
Lt. Col. Thomas M. England
Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois
Ralph Greene
Spec. Eric Rivera


Betty Dillihay, an Atlantic City resident,volunteered for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)
from about 1942-1943. WAACs helped the war effort by
directly by performing noncombatant military jobs.
(About 1942, H009.ww2waacs001)

Local History Subject Files

all_wars001.web All Wars Memorial Building (SEE ALSO: Where is the All Wars Memorial Building?)
Camp Boardwalk Anniversaries (1986, 1992)
Civil Air Patrol (NJ Coastal Patrol #1, 1942)
Civil Defense
Coast Guard
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center
Grand Army of the Republic-1910 Encampment
Morris Guards
National Guard

The Westside All Wars Memorial Building, or Old Soldiers' Home, in Atlantic City.
(About 1947, H009.AllWars001)

Parks/Memorials/Monuments – War Memorials
-- Civil War Memorial-Soldiers & Sailors Monument
-- New Jersey Korean War Memorial
-- O’Donnell Memorial Park
-- Purple Heart Memorial
-- Veterans Honor Roll
-- World War I Memorial
-- World War II Memorial
Seyfang Laboratories
World War II
-- Thomas England General Hospital

Archival Collections
Mayor Thomas Taggert Scrapbook Collection (H036)
Morris Guards Collection (H015)
Salty Breezes Newspaper Collection (H021)

Oral Histories
Atlantic City Free Public Library Living History Project, various interviews. 1978; transcript and audio. (Number next to the name refers to the interview number)
12. Mildred Fox
15. Helen M. Gormley
26. May Ackerman Johnson
27. George Kato
33. James Latz
42. Elizabeth Pulliam
55. William J. Thomas, Jr.

Civil Air Patrol Oral  History Program, "Interview of Ms. Marilou Crescenzo Eggenweiler by Col. Lester E. Hopper". 1984; transcript.

Rutgers Oral History Archives, "Interview with Irvin Baker" by Shaun Illingworth and Sandra Stewart Holyoak. 2000; transcript.

Photograph Collections
"And They Marched On: Atlantic City's Veterans, a Photograph Exhibit" Collection
"Atlantic City Remembers World War II" Exhibit Collection (H024)
Civil Air Patrol Photographs
Veterans of Foreign Wars Photographs
"Women in War and Peace" Exhibit Collection (H018)

Updated 24 July 2013.