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Richard C. Kinder Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 1, Folder: 19, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2014-052-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three photocopied V-Mail letters from Pvt. Richard C. Kinder, USA to his mother Abigail Kinder during the Second World War.

The first two letters were written before Kinder shipped out to Germany, and detail his excitement to serve in the army. The third letter was written from Germany only a few weeks before his death, and his hostility towards the German people is notable.

This collection also contains biographical information provided by the donor, which is attached to transcriptions of the letters.


  • 1944 August 14 - 1945 March 23

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.

Biographical / Historical

Notes from donor on Private Richard Carroll Kinder, United States Army (6/5/1910 - 4/13/1945):

"Born 5 June 1910, Monessen, Pennsylvania. Parents were Charles Richard Kinder and Abigail Elizabeth Steadman. Resided in Gallipolis, Ohio at time of enlistment, 20 July 1944. Bill Kinder served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a PVT, Combat Infantryman with the 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division, 3rd Army. He was listed as Missing in Action from 13 April - 2 May 1945. He was later confimed as being killed in action near Bruena, Germany 13 April 1945."


0.025 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains three photocopied correspondence from Pvt. Richard C. Kinder, USA to his mother Abigail Kinder during the Second World War. This collection also contains a brief history of Richard Kinder and a transcription of the original letters.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lewis E. Casey
Finding Aid for the Richard C. Kinder Second World War correspondence
Taylor Dipoto
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States