Captain William H. Nation was an ardent photographer using
his 8-mm movie camera in a wide variety of situations. Not only did he capture
special moments as the 508th was in training, he managed to continue to do so in
France, Holland and Belgium. Those scenes coupled with candid shots of
many of the 508th's best known personalities as well as unidentified troopers
make this contribution priceless.
Unfortunately, Captain Nation was killed on January 31, 1945
when a German .88 shell hit the building he was in. His films made it
home, however, and his namesake nephew, Bill Nation, has supplied us with many
still frame shots extracted from that unique film library.
In addition to the images that appear on
following pages, the Nation family have also made some of Captain Nation's
personal correspondence available to us. His insights and experiences are
fascinating and can be viewed via Acrobat using the labeled buttons in the
headline of this page..