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Joseph F. Dever Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 13, Folder: 5-7, Folder: 1-3
Identifier: 2016-098-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains the correspondence and photographs of Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA during the Second World War. Pvt Dever wrote to his father, mother and sister Kathryn initially from Fort Knox, Kentucky while he was doing basic training and later from France, Germany, and Belgium. The photographs were taken in Europe during the war.


  • 1944 February - 1945 November 27

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

Private Joseph Francis Dever, United States Army grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and joined the Army in February 1944 at the age of 19. He was part of the 33rd Armored Regiment, a combat unit of the 3rd Armored Division, also known as the "Spearhead Division." He trained at Fort Knox until serving overseas beginning in September, 1944. While in the service, he wrote letters home to his father, Joseph Francis Dever, Sr., his mother Mabelle, and his sister Kathryn. A record from Boston College shows he was awarded a degree on June 14, 1950 in Business Administration. He graduated magna cum laude.


.25 Linear feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collections contains the correspondence and photographs of Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type and date.

  • Series 1: Correspondence from Joseph Dever
  • Series 2: Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald F. Brooker.


Finding Aid for the Joseph F. Dever correspondence
Lauren Menges
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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