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William B. Hood Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-082-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 1006 correspondence written between Ch. (Col.) William B. Hood, USAAF and members of his family during the Second World War. Also included are postcards, forms, pamphlets and newspapers, documents pertaining to Chaplain Hood and his military and missionary service in India and South East Asia, as well as a short biography and a photograph of Ch. (Col.) Hood in uniform. Inventory:

1006 correspondence, personal, 1939-1945,

11 cards and other correspondence

1 package of postcards, blank

14 papers

9 publications

1 historical note, Tour of Duty in India, Rev. William B. Hood

1 photocopied photograph of Ch.(Col.) William B. Hood

1 biography, Rev. William B. Hood

1 key, Hood Letters--Packets

1 key, Hood Letters--Chronological


  • 1939 - 1945-01

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

Colonel William B. Hood was born in Newberry County, South Carolina on February 14, 1900. He attended Linwood College in North Carolina, Erskine College and Erskine Theological Seminary, and Livingston College in London, England where he studied tropical medicine in preparation for foreign missionary service. On June 7, 1928, while serving as a missionary in West Africa, COL Hood married Katherine Elizabeth Anderson.

COL Hood served as a pastor in Alabama for ten years before he was called as Chaplain of the Meridian Air Base at Key Field in Meridian, Mississippi, then assigned to the United States Army Air Corps facility in Karachi, India (modern day Pakistan) in March 1942 during the Second World War. There he was promoted from First Lieutenant to Colonel and held the record among chaplains assigned to India for the duration of his tour of duty.

COL Hood's voyage by ship to India had gone around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and his voyage home consisted of a stop in Australia and passage through the Pacific, thus allowing the Colonel to circumnavigate the globe.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 document box )


This collection contains correspondence written between Chaplain COL William B. Hood, USAAF and members of his family and friends during the Second World War. Also included are postcards, forms, pamphlets and newspapers, documents, a short biography, and a photograph of Ch. (Col.) Hood in uniform.


This collection is arranged by material type and date: Series 1: Correspondence from William to Catherine Hood--Series 2: Correspondence to William B. Hood--Series 3: Correspondence from William to Betty Hood--Series 4: Correspondence to William B. Hood, Jr.--Series 5: Correspondence to Catherine Hood--Series 6: Cards and other correspondence--Series 7: Postcards--Series 8: Papers--Series 9: Publications--Series 10: Biographical and historical material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William B. Hood, Jr. (Legacy)
finding aid for the William B. Hood Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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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