This series contains punch cards, photographs, notes, travel and administrative information, and other related materials to Stewart's work on the "Operation Glory" project with the United States Army. At the end of the Korean War, Stewart was hired by the army to help identify the skeletal remains of about 450 American soldiers who had been hastily buried in war graves captured by North Korean troops. After the war, the remains were repatriated to the United States and Stewart and transported to Kokura, Japan where Stewart and other physical anthropologists worked to identify them. By the time Stewart had finished his work in 1955, all but 73 skeletons were identified.
This series is divided into three subseries. Subseries 4.1: Known Individuals contains photographs and punch cards for soldiers that Stewart and his team were able to identify. Subseries 4.2: Unknown Individuals contains photographs and punch cards for the smaller group of Operation Glory individuals who were not identified (although some of them have since been successfully identified by the Central Identification Laboratory of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). For each individual, two punch cards of skeletal information are followed by a set of 8x10 inch photos of specific age indicators in that individual. Notes on the cards include a list of the photographs taken of each, as well as a list of the casts made of pubic symphyses and other skeletal elements. Subseries 4.3: Research Materials is made up of additional materials from Stewart's trip to Japan, including photographs of laboratories, research notes, travel information, and other related material. Materials in the Known and Unknown Individuals subseries are arranged numerically by individual skeletal record number. Materials in the Research Materials subseries retains Stewart's original arrangement with some minor changes for clarity.
Casts that Stewart made of pubic symphyses and other skeletal elements from "Operation Glory" soldiers are housed at the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History. Contact repository for more information.
The Thomas Dale Stewart papers are open for research.
Thomas Dale Stewart Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
The papers of Thomas Dale Stewart were processed with the assistance of the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.