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William Fee Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-050-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 892 letters and correspondence from Private First Class William "Bill" Fee, United States Army and his parents, Dwight and Lucille Fee, during his service with the 11th Armored Division during the Second World War. Letters between William and his father make up the bulk of this collection, however this collection also includes letters from Dwight Fee, written to William's commanding officers and higher ranking military brass.

In William's letters, he writes about his daily experiences training for combat and his life in the Army. William also takes time to answer multiple questionnaires from his father, concerning many aspects of life in the service. Topics include weapons, tactics, supplies, uniforms and training routines.

William was wounded on March 6, 1945, when a nearby land mine exploded, while advancing his light machinegun up a hill, at night. He sustained a half-dozen slight wounds and one major wound in the groin, from shrapnel. He received treatment in England and at the Woodrow Wilson hospital, in Virginia. He was discharged from the hospital on September 20, 1945, but did not return to active duty.

Included in this collection is a transcription of a retrospective diary, written by William Fee, titled "With the Eleventh Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge". In this diary, Fee gives a detailed account of his experience as a PFC (private first class), in the light machine gun squad of the 55th Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. This diary recounts the Ardennes campaign, December 1944 through January 1945. The diary focuses on the 11th Armored Divisions time in combat and provides some additional details of William’s military deployment.

NOTE: See also 2014-049-w-r Dwight Fee First World War correspondence, Series 3, for more materials by William Fee.


  • Creation: 1943 July 24 - 1945 November 2

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)

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This collection contains correspondence by PFC William "Bill" Fee, USA, and his parents, Dwight and Lucille Fee, during his service with the 11th Armored Division during the Second World War.


The William Fee World War Two correspondence collection is arranged by material type, author and recipient, in chronological order.

  • Series 1, Correspondence from William Fee
  • Series 2, Correspondence to William Fee
  • Series 3, Correspondence to Dwight Fee
  • Series 4, Miscellaneous papers and documents
  • Series 5, Correspondence and materials, miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Fee family.

Physical Description

Letters are in good condition. Some have light pencil markings, written by the donor, during the postwar years.

Finding Aid for the Wiliam Fee Second World War correspondence
Norman Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States