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J.R. McIlroy Collection

Identifier: 2014.06-B

Scope and Contents

This is a small collection of various newspaper clippings, which make mention of the 99th Infantry Division, collected by J.R. McIlroy. This collection also includes a photograph of J.R. McIlroy and a postcard of his Chevy dealership, dates unknown, and bunker assignment lists for the ASTP Unit at East Texas State Teacher’s College. The collection also has two very large pictures, and a large army informational poster. The clippings, picture, and postcard are in two folders, and the large pictures and poster are in two oversized boxes.


  • 1943-1996, 2014, inclusive
  • Majority of material found within 1992-1996,

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

James R. McIlroy was born in Hillsboro, Texas. In 1943, he became part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at East Texas State Teachers College. This program was shut down in February of 1944, and the young men in the program were sent to Camp Maxey outside of Paris, Texas for rifle training. On 10 September 1944, McIlroy was sent to Camp Miles Standish where he joined the 99th Infantry Division and received combat training. He was then shipped overseas, first to England, then to France, where he and his regiment settled into foxholes near Aubel, Belgium. McIlroy went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, with the title of Sergeant, where he was injured. Along with his injuries from battle, McIlroy suffered from gangrene and pneumonia. After seven months in Army hospitals, McIlroy was discharged in September of 1945, earning both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Years later, McIlroy became a very active member of the 99th Infantry Division Association. He served as President of the Association from 1989-1990, the treasurer for many years, he was on many reunion and mini-reunion planning committees as chairman and co-chairman, and he was often an article contributor to the association's newspaper The Checkerboard.


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Related Materials

Oral history interviews with J.R. McIlroy are available (OH810 and OH1008) by request in the Special Collections Department. The interviews are also available in our digital collections.

An Interview with J.R. McIlroy, OH810

An Interview with J.R. McIlroy, OH1008

J.R. McIlroy also donated issues of The Checkerboard, which are available as a separate collection.

J.R. McIlroy Collection
Natalie R. Bonner
23 September 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository