In 1941, Col. Leavell of the NY National Guard purchased this officer’s trunk made in China while serving in World War 2.
Hello, I am Anne Armstrong, Director of the National Guard Memorial Museum and I am here with the Minuteman Minute! This World War 2 era traveling trunk was donated to us by the Volunteer Coordinator at the United States Holocaust Museum. It’s considered an “officer’s trunk” and was used by Colonel Lewis L. Leavell in the China, Burma, India theatre. Colonel Leavell joined the NY National Guard in 1941 and served as the U.S. Representative to the Chinese National Army. The trunk was manufactured by the China Trunk Factory in Shanghai and was subsequently purchased in China at the time. Colonel Lewis’ serial number is emblazoned on one end and the interior includes a full lining and compliment of suit hangers. I’m Anne Armstrong and that’s been the Minuteman Minute brought to you by the National Guard Educational Foundation.