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Series 3: Lewis Calvin Kluttz Korean War correspondence, 1942-03-23 - 1942-08-16

 Series — Box: WWI 13, Folder: 4-8

Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, photos, condolences, and official death correspondence pertaining to Lewis Calvin Kluttz during the Korean War. Lewis became a 1st Lieutenant with the 15th Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Division. Folder 4 contains 7 correspondence from Lewis to his sister, Katherine. Some letters of interest include the letter dated May 11, 1952. In this letter Lewis complains about the USO shows, mentions some drama between a man named Carl and Katherine, and expresses his feelings towards the war. He believes that the war is pointless stating, "Any would be nice but from personal observation I don’t think they are about to end this thing and it seems more and more pointless the longer I stay here – I really get quite bitter about it at times. But then I remember that I’m over here 'to make the world safe for you to live in' and I feel much better.” In the letter dated May 24, 1952 he mentions pictures that are reference to the Mockup of a joke magazine that Katherine and her roommates and friends sent to Lewis in Korea. Made to look like a scandal magazine “Confidential” It is “pictures” referenced in Lewis’ letter from May 24 1952 (returned with personal effects after death). This magazine is located in folder 8. His very last correspondence before his death is dated July 26, 1952. In this letter to his parents he ends his letter by saying “I expect to be very busy the next few days so don’t worry if you don’t hear from me for awhile. I’ll be okay.” Folder 5 contains photos and newspaper clippings. For a detailed description of these photos please refer to the donor inventory. The newpaper clippings are from the Douglas Dispatch on Febuary 24, 1952. Folder 6 contains approximately 10 offical military condolences as well as the telegrams sent notifiying the Kluttz's of Lewis' death and the transport of his body. One letter of interest is dated August 5, 1952 from WM. E. Bergin which confirms Lewis' death as well as comes with form C 3109 “Statement of Death” and DA Pamphlet No. 20-15 “For Your Guidance” for the family to refer to. Folder 7 contains government and legal documents and correspondence including compensation records, tax records, and life insurance records. These documents provide insight into all the paperwork a family must fill out once a family member has died while in service. This folder also contains the letter notifying the Kluttz's that Lewis won the Purple Heart. Folder 8 contains 7 death related correspondence including condolences from friends and soldiers as well as funeral ephemera. Some material of interest is the letter written by Katherine to Lewis that specifies returned to sender “verified deceased” on the envelope. Also the mockup joke magazine that was referenced in one of Lewis' letters. The rest of the letters are condolence letters to Mr. and Mrs. Kluttz and most describe how he died and how he was a good soldier. This folder also contains a “In Remembrance” Card from Kluttz's funeral as well as 3 booklets of flower arrangements.


  • 1942-03-23 - 1942-08-16

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


0.4 Linear feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States