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Wang Shu-Chwen Chinese Civil War letters to Don Rynard Williams

 Collection — document-box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-134-s-r

Content Description

This collection primarily contains correspondence from Sargeant (Sgt.) Wang Shu-Chwen, (Chinese Air Force) CAF to Don Williams of St. Louis, Missouri during the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1947. Also included is one photograph of Sgt. Wang, two letters from William F. Kirkpatrick of Modesto, California to Don about repair of music instruments, and one empty envelope addressed to Don from PFC Paul E. Mooney, USMC, postmarked March 13, 1947. There is also one loose postage stamp with the flag of the Republic of China (national flag of Taiwan after 1949).

The correspondence from Sgt. Wang discusses his deployment in the Chinese Air Force to Shanghai and then Hankow (Hankou) and how he could not get a discharge because of the ongoing fight with Chinese communists against the National Party. He also mentions seeing a B-25 go down while writing his letter, almost sure that everyone aboard had died, exclaiming, "Oh! This is the fate of the air force."

Sgt. Wang also mentions that he would like to live in America, but while he is still young he would like to remain in China to help build his country. He was later transferred to Senyoung, which to him meant that he would be fighting again.

In October 1947, he found a girlfriend and described her hardships and their love for each other. He was stationed at South Field in Peiping, China as a radio man in 1st Bomber Group, 3rd Bomb Squadron, Chinese Air Force.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1946 August 20 - November 23 1954

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Don Rynard Williams (1916-1992) was born in Centralia, Illinois to Mayr and John W. Williams. He was married to Gertrude and had a daughter Carolyn Sue, as well as one other daughter diagnosed with diabetes in the late 1940s and that succumbed to her illnesses in 1965. Sargeant (Sgt.) Wang mentions that he is glad to hear Don's daughter is feeling better.

It is unclear how Williams and Wang knew each other. Don never attended college, did not join the military and never travelled overseas. Sgt. Wang's English, ability to write and his discussion of "my American friends" may suggest that he at least visited, or studied in the United States.

There is no available information on Private First Class Paul E. Mooney, United States Marine Corps, from whom a letter was sent to Don but only an empty envelope is included in this collection. PFC Mooney served with Marine Service Squadron 24, Marine Air Group 24. There is also currently no available information on William F. Kirkpatrick, another correspondent in this collection.

Extent

0.15 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence from Sgt. Wang Shu-Chwen, CAF to Don Williams during the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1947.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections.

Custodial History

Originally donated to the Center for American War Letters Archives by Carolyn Sue Belling. Transferred to Special Collections & Archives on January 31, 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carolyn S. Belling in January 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Harman, with additional processing by Annie Tang.

Wang is the surname of Wang Shu-Chwen, and is written first when referring to Wang's whole name, following the traditional naming formats of Chinese culture.
Title
Finding Aid for the Wang Shu-Chwen Chinese Civil War letters to Don Rynard Williams
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
1/31/2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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