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Joseph DeHaan Korean War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Korea 3, Folder: 1-7
Identifier: 2015-084-w-r

Content Description

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This collection contains correspondence between PFC Joseph DeHaan, USA and Dorothy Page during the Korean War. A majority of the collection was written by PFC Joseph DeHaan. Inventory:

138 correspondence, personal

7 photographs

1 program, memorial service

1 statement of death

2 correspondence, photocopy, postwar

2 biographical/historical documents

15 newspaper clippings

3 newspaper clippings, photocopy


  • 1950 April - 1951 June

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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

Corporal Joseph "Joe" Nicholas DeHaan, United States Army (12-6-1930 - 2/19/1952) was born in Chinook, Montana to John and Gertrude DeHaan. They moved to Red Lake Falls in 1934 and lived on a farm until he graduated from Northwest Agricultural School in Crookston and enlisted in the US Army in 1950.

DeHaan served with Company D, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, 75MM Recoilless Rifle Platoon during the Korean War. He was captured by the enemy on May 18, 1951 while fighting Chinese troops on Hill 1051. After falling ill, he died as a prisoner of war in a make-shift hospital in Chong Song from intestinal tuberculosis on February 19, 1952. His mother, listed as emergency addressee, was listed as notified of his death on October 26, 1953; however a Western Union telegram sent to Dorothy Page dated August 16, 1953 informs her that Mrs. DeHaan had already been notified of his killed in action status.

DeHaan was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. It appears, according to his death certificate, DeHaan was posthumously promoted to corporal.

In the letter dated April 22, 1951, Joseph De Haan mentions that he received the news of his father's death.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

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This collection contains correspondence between PFC Joseph DeHaan, USA, and Dorothy Page during the Korean War as well as photographs and other documents.


This collection is arranged by material type and date:

  • Series 1, Correspondence to Dorothy Page
  • Series 2, Correspondence from Dorothy Page
  • Series 3, Photographs
  • Series 4, Postwar documents
  • Series 5, Clippings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy M. Grover.

Finding Aid for the Joseph DeHaan Korean 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