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John G. Thursby Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 13, Folder: 8-12, Folder: 1-5
Identifier: 2016-150-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 26 correspondence from SGT John G. Thursby, United States Army to his friends Ogden and Agnes Platt. Thursby describes his life in Headquarters Company, 17th Engineers, Second Armored Division stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia under General George Patton and later outside of Dilworth, North Carolina. He focuses on his assigned vehicles, his division's maneuvers, and the cities he visits. He wrote about the Louisiana Maneuvers, which were the first major war games the US Military conducted prior to the American entrance in the Second World War. He also wrote about losing a friend in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and a page from the Thursby family history. The collection was donated by a member of the Collins family mentioned in Thursby's letters (Letter dated January 5, 1942).


  • 1941 February 25 - 1942 August 9


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 teh archivist.


.25 Linear Feet (5 folders)

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This collection contains letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and a page from a book about the family of Sergeant John G. Thursby, United States Army, before and during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged chronoligcally by material type:

  • Series 1, Correspondence from John G. Thursby

  • Series 2, Photographs

  • Series 3, Thursby Family history

  • Series 4, Newspaper clipping

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Della J. Myers. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.


Finding Aid for the John G. Thursby Second World War correspondence
Lorraine Shaller
28 October 2016
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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