Letters, diaries, and memoirs written during or about military service in World War II. Also material pertaining to the war's impact on civilian life and information on veteran's organizations.
For general military information see the collection descriptions under the Military heading. The Military heading is also subdivided into the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Afghan War, and Iraq War.
AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE, 1941, (C2547)
Paper of the St. Louis, MO, Chapter of America First Committee, published from July to October 1941. Originals at Stanford University.
American Legion, Cuba Memorial Post No. 522, Cuba, Missouri, Service Record Book, ca. 1948, (R0955)
This hard-bound booklet lists military veterans, mostly from the Second World War, from Cuba in Crawford County, Missouri. Included are six "Gold Star Boys." Entries include photographic portraits, dates and branches of service, ranks, domestic and overseas postings, awards, and current occupations.
American Red Cross, Scott County Chapter, Sikeston, Missouri, Papers, 1944-1952, (R0673)
These are files from the American Red Cross chapter in Sikeston, Scott County, Missouri. Most concern allotments for dependents, emergency loans, extensions of leave, and other family matters of servicemen during World War Two.
Anderson, Jean Schwarting (1923- ), Papers, 1944-1946, (C4024)
0.3 linear feet, 1 computer disc
The papers of U.S. Navy Lieutenant J.G. Jean Schwarting Anderson, a WAVE during World War II and Missouri native, consist of correspondence, photographs and slides, and miscellaneous material. The letters that she wrote detail in great length the training she received and the day to day life of a WAVE.
Backlar, Joseph, Letters, 1944-1945, (C2011)
Letters written during World War II by an army medical officer stationed in Greenland and Iceland to his son, Byron Backlar, PhM 3/c aboard the U.S.S. SANBORN.
Baltzell-Chambers Family, Papers, 1857-1981, (C3995)
0.4 linear feet
The Baltzell-Chambers Family Papers document the lives of a family of blacksmiths and farmers from Deer Ridge, Missouri. The papers consist of correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and a genealogy and family history compiled and written by Jerrilee Cain. The collection also contains graduation memorabilia, a high school yearbook, land deeds, and military discharge papers from the Civil War.
Bennitt, Rudolf, Letters, 1942-1946, (C0210)
Copies of newsletters sent out from Missouri Cooperative Wild Life Research Unit to former members at Missouri University who were in the armed services. Excerpts from letters received pertaining to all phases of training; general news of the university, Wild Life Commission, research unit assignments, resume of state and national meetings; and discussion of post-war curriculum.
Bennitt, Rudolf, Papers, (WUNP5483)
0.75 linear feet
INVENTORY. Student files and correspondence kept by a professor of wildlife research. Most of these files contain correspondence from former students who were serving in World War II. See also collection 210.
Bradford, Louise, Collection, 1919-1985, (R0468)
This collection includes correspondence, printed material, and ephemera collected by Louise Bradford (1898-1986), and Eva Ann Bradford (1900-1966), during their careers as teachers in Missouri schools. Included are letters from former pupils, and printed materials from education and teachers associations, schools in Berkeley, Rolla, St. James, Salem, and Sullivan, Missouri, and women's clubs and service organizations in Dent and Phelps counties.
Bradshaw, William L. (1896-1964), Papers, 1912-1973, (C2556)
11.2 linear feet
Business and personal papers of W.L. Bradshaw, political scientist and dean of the University of Missouri Business School, 1946-1961. Included are papers as delegate to Missouri Constitutional Convention, 1943-1944, member of State Reorganization Commission, 1953-1955, and other state, local, and professional organizations.
Branson, Edwin Bayer (1877-1950), Papers, 1892-1954, (C2404)
1.1 linear feet
Correspondence, memorabilia, field books, and miscellaneous papers of a University of Missouri geologist (1910-1947), including information on the development of the Department of Geology during the 37 years he served as chairman.
Cansler, Loman D. (1924-1992) and Laura M. (1931-2007), Collection, 1820-2005, (C4018)
10.5 linear feet, 203 audio tapes, 41 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 35 audio discs
The Loman and Laura Cansler Collection represents a lifetime of collecting on Missouri's folk song and folklore tradition. Cansler recorded and collected folk songs, proverbs, jokes, and home remedies, primarily in Missouri, but also in Kansas and Illinois. In addition to this large body of folk song and folklore material, the collection includes information on Cansler's early life in Dallas County, Missouri, his WWII service, and his career as a school counselor at the Fayette and North Kansas City High Schools. The collection also includes slides and prints of Laura Cansler's abstract expressionist artwork.
Cowgill, Donald O., Papers, (WUNP5619)
0.4 linear feet
INVENTORY. Addition of materials primarily concerning Rhodesia in the 1960s; Thailand; and Cowgill's professional certificates and 'World War II classification cards.
Daetwyler, Wallace K. (1915-1974), Papers, 1942-1945, (C3998)
0.4 linear feet
The papers contain the World War II correspondence of Wallace “Wally” Daetwyler of Lamar, Missouri, to his wife, Ruth A. Daetwyler. Wallace Daetwyler served as an information technician with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the European Theatre from 1943 to1945.
DeField, Ed, "Remembrance of World War II," 1996, (R0681)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a memoir of World War Two by a native of Mississippi County, Missouri. DeField was a member of the 397th Antiaircraft Battalion. He served in Wales, Normandy, France, Belgium, and Germany, and in the Allied occupation force.
Donnelly, Phil M. (1891-1961), Papers, 1944-1957, (C2151)
91.6 linear feet
Papers relating to Donnelly's two terms as Democratic governor of Missouri.
Donnelly, Robert T. (1924-1999), Papers, (WUNP5827)
Letters of Missouri Supreme Court Justice Robert Donnelly written to his family from US camps and Europe while in the 102nd Infantry Division during World War II.
Draper-McClurg Family, Papers, 1838-2009, (C3069)
3.9 linear feet; folders 1-134 also available on 5 rolls of microfilm
The Draper-McClurg family papers are comprised of correspondence, photographs, Civil War diaries and records, and other personal papers of the families of Philander Draper and Joseph W. McClurg. The papers document the families' involvement in politics, farming and orchards, lead mining and smelting, the Civil War, and frontier life in Missouri, the Dakota Territory, and several western states.
Fantel, Hans (1922-2006), Papers, c. 1925-2006, (C4003)
3.2 linear feet, 5 video cassettes, 1 DVD, 7 compact discs
The papers of Fantel, a freelance writer, contain the articles he wrote for the New York Times and many other publications about high fidelity, home electronics, and music. Correspondence, photographs, and audio-visual materials make up the remainder of the collection.
Fitzgerald, W. Lyle (1922-1967), Papers, 1918-2003, (C3538)
2.6 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
The W. Lyle Fitzgerald Papers contain the correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, books, pamphlets, awards, announcements, and miscellaneous material of a soldier who fought in the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War.
Foree, Rudy, 1934-1997, Miscellaneous Papers, 1913-1997, (R1289)
These are personal papers, photographs and miscellaneous items of Rudy Foree, a resident of Washington County, Missouri, and U.S. Army veteran of the Pacific campaigns of World War Two. The collection contains genealogical material compiled by Esther M. Ziock Carroll of Potosi, Missouri, including Foree’s birth and death certificates and a family history.
Franklin, Paul W., Tapes, (WUNP4090)
Recorded recollections of Franklin about his service in the Army Corps of Engineers. He explains what he witnessed near Dachau, Germany and other places. Franklin, a former professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri, was interviewed by Peggy Johnson.
Garrigues, Donald C., diaries and correspondence, 1942-1945, (R0126)
4 volumes, 294 letters
These are diaries and letters of a native of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, who served in the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, U.S. Army, during World War II. Garrigues served in California, Georgia, the Canal Zone, North Carolina, Algeria, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany.
Hanson, Wilson O. (1913-1974), Papers, 1945-1946 , (C4010)
0.4 linear feet
The collection contains the World War II correspondence of Wilson O. Hanson to his wife and family in Webb City, Missouri. Hanson served with the 21st Ordnance Company (Medium Maintenance) as part of the American occupation forces in Japan.
Hauck, Fred M., Letter, 1942, (R0829)
This is a typewritten letter from Fred M. Hauck at Fort Lewis, Washington, to Chester Parker at Camp Haan, California. Hauck and Parker were U.S. Army enlisted men from Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri.
Hickok, Estelle, Scrapbooks, 1927-1945, (C1405)
Clippings about Charles A. Lindbergh's career, marriage, flight to Paris, subsequent world trips, kidnapping of son, the Hauptman trial, life in England, World War II neutrality speeches, opposition to Lend-Lease Bill and involvement in various commercial and military aviation projects.
Highley, Lyndell Thomasson (1919-1958), Papers, 1941-1944, 1978, (C3654)
0.1 linear foot
Letters from Highley to his family in Elvins, Missouri, while serving with the 375th Squadron of the 308th Heavy Bomb Group, Army Air Corps, in China and India during World War II. The papers also include an edited version of his letters by his son J. Scott Highley.
Hiller Family Papers, 1785-1993, (C3856)
7.2 linear feet, 2 volumes
Papers of a family of farmers, lawyers, bankers, doctors, and business people of Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, genealogical records, estate records, diaries, personal account books, deeds, military records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, manuscripts, and miscellaneous material.
Huber, Robert L. (1922-1944), Papers, 1943-1953, (C2425)
Correspondence and booklets of a bombardier in the Army Air Force, relating to his training, army life, personal news, awards, death, and memorials.
Hughes Family, Papers, (WUNP6215)
3 linear feet
Correspondence of a family from Chariton County, Missouri, spanning the mid-1800s to the 1990s. Includes three volumes of transcriptions and images compiled by Charles L. Hughes. Also contains materials from Democratic Party activities and conventions in the early twentieth century.
Hutchison, Gregory L. and Mary Folse, Collection (CA5861)
8.4 cubic feet, 2 oversize volumes
Papers of two University of Missouri-Columbia alumni, United States veterans, and federal employees. Mrs. Hutchison was in the first class of WAVES officers at the start of World War II, and later a CIA staff officer for twenty-five years. Includes a scrapbook related to theater and other activities at the University of Missouri in the 1930s, correspondence, diaries, photographs, travel materials, writings, and miscellaneous items.
Japanese Occupation Money, 1946, (C2289)
Three bills for use in Japan during American occupation following World War II.
Lamy, John E. (1911-1994), Collection, (SUNP5890)
Memoir, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous material related to a Missouri physician captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during WW II.
Lance, Donald M. (1931-2002), Papers, 1938-2002, (C3992)
11.3 linear feet, 144 audio cassettes
The papers of a University of Missouri English professor, well-known for his lectures on the pronunciation of "Missouri" and other dialect research, contain extensive professional correspondence, research data, articles, presentations, teaching materials, and materials related to his work with professional organizations. Audio cassettes include interviews with Germans in Missouri and with decorated U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Byrl D. Taylor, Missouri folk musicians, and examples of English language dialects.
Macy Family, Correspondence, 1943-1945, (R1129)
These are V-Mail letters sent from soldiers overseas during World War II to the Macy family of rural Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. The letters are from Wayne H. Macy, Wayne G. Palmer, Lee B. Macy, and David C. Jones. The letters were sent to Mr. and Mrs. W. Arnold Macy and Mrs. Sue [Lue?] Macy. They were sent from North Africa, Italy, New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies, and Maluka (Indonesia).
Malden Army Air Field, Malden, Missouri, Newspaper, 1944, (R1157)
This is Vol. II, No. 35 (23 December 1944) of The Malden Breeze, the base newsletter at Malden Army Air Field at Malden in Dunklin County, Missouri. Lt. Col. Charles A. Cowing was Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. William T. Duden was Executive Officer, and Sgt. Carr C. Link was editor.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Hybrid Corn Company, Fulton, Missouri, Records, 1932-1981, (C2966)
5 linear feet
The business records of the first hybrid corn company in Missouri include early company histories, scrapbooks, Italian POW labor records, and extensive financial records.
Missouri Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
2.4 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.
Missouri Veterans Oral History Project, 2006-, (C4020)
Interviews with Missourians who served in the armed forces. The collection includes compact discs, audio cassettes, DVDs, and transcripts of the interviews, as well as biographical information on the interviewees.
Mixer Family, Papers, 1935-1959, (C3989)
0.2 linear feet, oversize
The Mixer family papers consist of correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, certificates, and military insignias relating to Tech. Sgt. John J. Mixer’s military service in World War II, his death in Germany and burial in the Netherlands in 1945, and the subsequent adoption of his grave by a Dutch family.
Nagel, Elsa Louise (1896-1973), Papers, 1905-1973, (C3910)
3 linear feet
The papers of Elsa Louise Nagel, Associate Professor of German at the University of Missouri from 1926 to 1966, includes correspondence with family, friends, and soldiers during World War I and World War II. The correspondence from World War II is with former Univer-sity of Missouri students at domestic armed forces bases and in the European and Pacific theaters of war. Also present are newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items related to the Nagel and Meusch families.
Nelson, Earl F. (1884-1945), Papers, 1862-1945 (C0148)
0.2 linear feet
Two Civil War letters; World War II letters; miscellaneous correspondence of Nelson family; speeches by Nelson on U.S. Constitution, history of Sullivan County, and proposal of new Missouri constitution; University of Missouri Law School Foundation bulletin; notes; and other miscellaneous material.
Newton County, Missouri, Military Service Record Book, ca. 1946, (R1162)
This volume lists residents of Newton County, Missouri, who served in the military during World War II. Included for each veteran are a photographic portrait, rank, names of parents and spouse, education, a summary of service, and the date of discharge.
O'Donnell, John, Papers, 1945, (C0902)
The papers contain copies of his sports column, which was written in the form of letters to servicemen and women during World War II. O'Donnell also printed letters from them.
Parker, George W., Papers, (CA5963)
115 c.f., 176 a.c., 9 a.d., 47 a.t., 10 v.c., oversize
Papers of a World War II bomber pilot and Republican State Representative from Boone County, Missouri, who founded the Pachyderm Club.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Navy-yard Commissary Price List, 1941, (R0182)
This is a twelve-page listing of food and commodities available at the U.S. Navy commissary at Pearl Harbor. The price list went into effect on 1 November 1941.
Perry County, Missouri, Service Roster, 1946, (R0880)
This booklet is entitled Roster of the Men and Women of Perry County, Missouri, in World War II, issued on the Occasion of Welcome Home Celebration, Perryville, Mo., Aug. 14, 1946. It contains an alphabetical list of Perry County's veterans, including a separate list of those who "died in service."
Pettus, James R. "Pete", World War II memoir, 2001, (R0704)
This is a memoir of service in the European theatre of World War II by James R. "Pete" Pettus of the 42nd ("Rainbow") Division of the U. S. Army. Pettus saw combat with the 232nd Infantry Regiment in France and Germany, and ended the war in Munich.
Powell, John Benjamin (1886-1947), Papers, 1910-1952, (C3662)
2.9 linear feet
The papers of a journalist include correspondence, literary works, printed material, pho-tographs, and a scrapbook. Drafts for My Twenty-Five Years in China and Powell's articles (1941-1947) predominate. Information on China, Japan, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Central Asia, India, Philippine Islands, World War II, and the Washington Conference.
Prewitt, Reuben C. (1915-1958), World War II Notes, 1945, (C3326)
Notes on Air Force experiences. Cross-country trip to Seattle and description of voyage from Seattle to Iwo Jima and situation at Iwo Jima.
Prokes, Albert J., World War II Letters, 1942-1946, (C3466)
1.2 linear feet
Letters received by Reverend Albert J. Prokes, administrator of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri, from parishioners serving in the armed forces during World War II.
Reynolds, Frank, Photograph Collection, ca. 1925-1942, (R0796)
These are postcards and photographs collected by Frank Reynolds when he worked on construction projects including Bagnell Dam in Missouri, Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Mississippi River at LeClaire, Iowa, and Camp Crowder, Missouri.
Robinett, Oliver Eugene (1918-1945), Letters, 1936-1948, (C2219)
Letters written to Major Robinett's family during World War II, while he served with the 3rd Division, Marine Corps, in New Zealand and the Pacific. Also a biographical sketch.
Rustemeyer Family, Papers, 1884-1953, (C4017)
0.3 linear feet, 1 computer disc
The Rustemeyer Family papers contain correspondence written to Bernard Rustemeyer by friends and family in Germany after his immigration to America in 1882. The collection also includes newspaper clippings and photographs of the Rustemeyer, Alteköster, Stöckebrand, and Giese families, and Rustemeyer’s hometown, Körbecke, Germany.
Saults, Dan, Papers, 1937-1985, (R0403)
These are papers of a conservationist and outdoor journalist, including material on the Outdoor Writers Association of America, wilderness areas, the "Irish Wilderness" of Oregon County, Missouri, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, and the Ozarks region. There are a typescript of Saults's unpublished novel and copies of many of his articles and speeches.
Schaberg Family, Papers, 1894-1974, (C3665)
3 linear feet
The personal and professional papers of Benjamin F. Schaberg, Sr., who worked as an engineer on the Panama Canal, St. Louis sewer projects, World War II army post construction, and Missouri Public Service Commission studies, includes family correspondence between Schaberg and his wife, sisters, and sons. Ben Jr. and John George Schaberg were in China during and after the 1937 Japanese invasion.
Schrantz, Ward Loren, Memoirs, ca. 1909-1946, (R0361)
These are memoirs of military service by a resident of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, who served in the Missouri National Guard and the U.S. Army before World War I. He was a captain of a machine gun battalion in Europe, 1917-1919, a reserve officer, 1920-1942, and a U.S. Army troopship commander during World War II.
Shaw, Ralph J. (1902-1987), Papers, (SUNP5955)
World War II letters and photographs and miscellaneous papers of labor organizer, Ralph J. Shaw.
Sheahan, John P., Letters, 1943-1944, (R0203)
These are letters written during World War Two by a native of St. Louis to his wife. Sheahan served with the 3206th Quartermaster Service Company, training at camps in California, Florida, and Virginia. He died at Slapton Sands in the English Channel on 28 April 1944.
SHIELD AMERICA, Kansas City, Missouri, 1941, (C2548)
Six issues of paper of the America First Committee, Kansas City, MO, August-November 1941.
Short, Dewey Jackson (1898-1979), Papers, (WUNP5944)
INVENTORY. Papers of U.S. Representative from Missouri's 7th District and Assistant Secretary of the Army. Includes materials on Table Rock Dam and Reservoir and the U.S. Army during World War II and the Cold War.
Smith, Eleanor E., Letters, 1944, (R0935)
These are two "V-Mail" letters from Eleanor E. Smith at Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri, to S/Sgt R. J. Bettis, Jr., an Army enlistee serving overseas. The letters are dated 18 January and 20 January 1944.
Stephens Family, Papers, 1850s-1875, 2008, (C0169)
0.4 linear feet
The Stephens Papers consist of positive photostats and typescripts of a diary and battle descriptions written by a volunteer in Company K, Indiana Infantry, 20th Regiment, which was part of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. A bound typescript copy of his diary and those of his brother, Thomas White Stephens, with background information and commentary is also included, along with a biography James Stephen’s grandson, James, Jr., who served in World War II. See also the diaries of Stephens’s brother, the Thomas White Stephens Diaries, (C 2282).
Stigliani Family, Papers, c. 1900-2003, (C4037)
2 linear feet
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, legal documents, journals, newspaper clippings, World War II materials, and various other papers belonging to the members of Stigliani, D’Andrea, and Vincitorio families, from the period c. 1900-2003. The documents produced by Louis F. Stigliani include his correspondence from 1934 to 1945, photographs taken during his military service in Italy, as well as other writings and legal documents. The collection also includes photographs, piano making manuals, and personal papers of Leonard Stigliani, Louis’s father. There are photographs of the members of the related families of D’Andrea and Vincitorio, from the period c. 1900 to 1973, and genealogical records about the Stiglianis.
Stone, James Blain, Correspondence, 1943-1945, (R1189)
This is correspondence written during World War II between James B. "Stony" Stone, who served in an Ordnance Battalion in the United States Army in the Southwest Pacific Theatre, and his parents, who lived in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. The letters include news of friends and family, and a few newspaper clippings.
Taylor, Irene S. (1902-1989), Papers, 1891-1986, (C1220)
1.4 linear feet
The papers of Irene S. Taylor, a journalist from St. Joseph, Missouri, who worked for several news organizations in Paris, France, in the 1930s, consist of correspondence, photographs, and articles, and records from her service in the U.S. Army in the 1940s and 1950s.
Thomas, David E. (1878-1935) and Horace E. (1910-2001), Papers, 1904-1985, n.d., (C4002)
2 linear feet
The papers of David E. Thomas, Congregational minister and professor of religion, and his son, Horace E. Thomas, a Columbia, Missouri, surgeon who spent World War II in military hospitals in the South Pacific consist of correspondence, manuscripts, class notes, research notes, photographs, printed articles and pamphlets, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous materials related to their careers, including research for Horace’s medical school thesis, Chronic Radiation Poisoning in Rats. See also two oral history interviews with Dr. H.E. Thomas in C3963 SHS Audio Cassette Collection, a.c. 19-20.
Thornton, Alvin J. (1919-2003), Papers, 1940-2001, (C4041)
2 linear feet, 1 audio disc
The papers of Alvin “Jack” Thornton, a former World War II B-24 pilot and POW, include photographs, correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous materials relating to his military service and family.
Todd, Thomas M. (1917-1987), Papers, 1938-1950, (C3790)
Papers of Thomas McCutcheon Todd, a World War II soldier from Nevada, Missouri, comprised primarily of letters written to Todd's family. Many of the letters were written while Todd was in military training and during his enlistment in the U.S. Army; they detail issues of work, family, war, and death during the 1940s.
Trefts, George Wesley (1919- ), Papers, 1936-1962, (C1422)
Papers of a photographer and member of he United States 79th Fighter Group stationed in northern Africa and Italy during World War II. Includes correspondence, clippings, and photographs.
Trenholme, William Maclaren (1925-2008), Letters, 1931-1963, (C3357)
1.25 linear feet
The collection contains personal letters written by Trenholme to his mother, Louise Trenholme Stephens. Trenholme was a naval officer and later a nuclear physicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There are also letters from Trenholme’s wife, mother-in-law, and other relatives.
Unger, Arthur (1924-2004), Papers, 1943-2004, (C4027)
10.8 linear feet, 77 audio cassettes, 2 audio tapes, 4 audio discs, 5 CDs, 1 video cassette
Arthur Unger was an entertainment journalist who reviewed movies and television shows for the Christian Science Monitor and Ingenue. He edited several magazines as wide-ranging as Mechanix Illustrated and Datebook and toured with the Beatles. The collection includes recordings, transcripts, and notes from his interviews with celebrities, his writings, Beatles publications, and personal materials.
U.S. Army, 3196th Signal Service Company Roster, 1945, (C3682)
"A History of the 3196th Signal Service Company," including roster of name, address, nickname, and date for each member. The group served in Italy during World War II.
U.S. Military Government, Detachment B-5, Diary, 1944-1945 (C0445)
Diary kept by a Military Government Detachment unit sent to Okinawa. All activities are recorded en route to Okinawa, and duties of the organization are described in detail. Also a short history of Okinawa and descriptions of the cultural exhibit, historic spots, and burial customs.
United Service Organizations (U.S.), USO Club, Malden, Missouri, Program, 1943, (R0753)
This is the program for the "Grand Opening" of the USO Club at Malden in Dunklin County, Missouri, on 11 August 1943. Captain Olin Brigman was the Club Director.
United Service Organizations (U.S.), USO Club, Rolla, Missouri, Booklet, 1943, (R1084)
This is a dance card booklet for the "First Anniversary Military Ball" held at the USO Club at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, on 6 February 1943. Included are the names of the club's managers, the staff, and the officers of the "Hostess Corps".
United States Army Air Forces, Flying Training Detachment, 73rd, Newsletter, 1943, (R0944)
This is a single issue of Cape Cadet (Vol. 1, No. 37, 4 December 1943), the newsletter of the 73rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment. This unit was stationed at Harris Field in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The commanding officer was Captain Clarke Simonds.
United States Army Air Forces, Flying Training Detachment, 74th Chester Field (McBride, Mo.) Booklet, ca. 1944, (R1284)
This collection consists of a twenty-five page booklet, “Flight Lines,” that recorded the graduates of Class 44F from Primary Flying Training at Chester Army Air Field in McBride, Missouri published on 12 February 1942.
United States Army Air Forces, Observation Squadron, 14th, Photographs, 1942, (R1036)
These are five black-and-white photographic prints concerning the 14th Observation Squadron (later the 14th Liaison Squadron) and its training base at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. There are two aerial views of the camp and training field, a view of the main building, and two views of a "Formal Dance" held at the Rolla USO in August 1942.
United States. Army. Medical Corps. O'Reilly General Hospital, Booklet, 1942, (R1054)
This is a "Menu and Roster" for "Christmas 1942" for the U.S. Army's O'Reilly General Hospital at Springfield in Greene County, Missouri. Included are the menu for Christmas dinner and an every-name roster of personnel.
USS Schley Oral History Project, Records, 1997-1998, (C4068)
0.1 linear feet, 7 audio cassettes, 1 CD, 1 computer disc
The records of USS Schley Oral History Project contain the audio files and transcripts of interviews with four veterans of the USS Schley. The crew of the USS Schley consisted largely of Missourians. Also included is related documentation on the USS Schley.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, L. J. Harness, Jr., Post No. 7750, Advance, Missouri, Service Record Book, ca. 1949, (R0858)
This hard-bound booklet lists military veterans, mostly from the Second World War, from Advance in Stoddard County, Missouri. Included are five "Gold Star Boys." Entries include photographic portraits, dates and branch of service, rank, domestic and overseas postings, and awards.
Veterans History Project, Cass County, Missouri, Collection, (SUNP5974)
Taped interviews and transcripts of World War II veterans conducted as part of the Veterans History Project in Cass County, Missouri. Also includes some photographs.
Voight, Harry Anton, Papers, 1918-1951, (R1166)
These are the papers of a marine engineer, steamboat inspector, and Coast Guard officer who spent most of his career working on the Ohio River. Included are applications for federal positions, papers concerning service in the Marine Inspection Service and Coast Guard, photographs of the Ohio River flood of 1945, and miscellaneous papers.
Votaw, Maurice E. (1899-1981), Papers, 1909-1978, (C3672)
The papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism primarily pertain to his years as professor of journalism at St. John's University, Shanghai, China, and ad-viser to the Nationalist Chinese Ministry of Information. Included are transcripts of oral inter-views, correspondence, literary productions, minutes, printed materials, maps, lists, photographs, and books. Contained is information on Votaw's life; writers, missionaries, political and military leaders, and events in China (1922-1977); U.S. China policy; Chinese and American journalism and newspapers; Shanghai Short Story Club; and St. John's University and University of Mis-souri School of Journalism.
Wallace, Gene Ray, Letters, 1946-1947, (C0421)
Written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawman Wallace, Bogard, MO. by a platoon sergeant in Tokyo, Japan. The letters tell of his activities as a military policeman attached to the war criminals trials. Mention of Tojo.
Weingarten Internment Camp, Weingarten, Missouri, Papers, 1943-1945, (R1161)
This collection includes a newsletter, a copy of orders, a roster for the 408th Military Police Escort Guard Company, and a pass from the Weingarten Internment Camp, a prisoner-of-war camp at Weingarten in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, during World War II.
Werner, Merle McDougald “Doug” (1913-2004), Interview, 2000, (C3034)
1 folder, 4 audio cassettes
The collection contains cassettes and a transcript of an interview with a war correspondent and foreign service officer who was one of twenty journalists to land at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Westover, John G., Collection, 1910-1946, (C3733)
1.1 linear feet
Correspondence between members of a Missouri family, including three sons in the service, during World War II. The letters deal largely with family matters, but also include descriptions of military bases, a soldier's daily routine and training, and people, cities, and countries in Africa and Europe. Also included are letters from an uncle who was in the service during World War I and in the 1920s.
White, Richard Drace (1877-1953), Papers, 1895-1953, (C3624)
0.5 linear feet
Unpublished autobiography, correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings of a Missourian who graduated from the United States Naval Academy, spent forty years on active duty in the Navy, was made a Rear Admiral, and served in the diplomatic corps.
White, Robert M., II (1915-2008), Interview, 1965 (C3398)
The records of Robert M. White, II, include one tape and one transcription of an interview with the editor of Missouri’s Mexico Ledger. Also included is a pamphlet from the 1965 memorial services for Douglas MacArthur. The interview includes White’s background, experiences with Harry Truman and Douglas MacArthur, and views on being editor of New York Herald Tribune compared with being editor of Mexico Ledger. General reminiscences about people White knew in politics and news reporting is also included.
In text “C” indicates Mike Coogan, the interviewer; “W” indicates White. The text is unedited.
Wise, Paul Sheldon, Letters, 1942-1943, (R1255)
These are nine letters from Paul Sheldon "Shel" Wise, a Signal Corps trainee at Camp Crowder in Newton County, Missouri, to his parents and family in Steubenville, Ohio. Wise was assigned to the 804th Signal Service Regiment at the Midwestern Signal Corps Replacement Training Center.
World War II, Bond Drive Collection, (SUNP2333)
0.2 linear feet
General information about bonds, pamphlets, educational bulletins and advertising concerning 7th War Loan, 1945.
World War II, Ephemera, Missouri, 1941-1948, (C3530)
1.2 linear feet
Data on Missouri industries’ and civilian and military participation in World War II, collected by the State Historical Society and used for a series of articles in the Missouri Historical Review entitled “Missouri in the War.”
World War II, Letters, 1940-1946, (C0068)
14.6 linear feet
Letters written by servicemen during the war to friends and relatives throughout the United States. Arranged alphabetically by writer’s name.
World War II, Letters, 1941-1945, (C3222)
2 linear feet
This collection of World War II letters was collected by W.W. Gillespie for publication in the Memphis Revielle, a weekly newspaper in Scotland County, Missouri, and by Frederick Tainter for publication in the Bugle, published monthly in St. Charles, Missouri. Also included are letters collected by the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1946 from various donors. Most are concerned with acknowledging receipt of the letter.
World War II, Letters, c. 1944, (C1329)
Family letters to a Japanese soldier found on a battlefield in Guam by an American soldier and transcripts of the letters. One of the letters is written on rice paper. There is also a brochure that shows naval flag symbols and a postcard depicting Japanese children.