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Johns Family Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 33, Folder: 1-9
Identifier: 2016-168-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 79 correspondence to and from members of the Johns family during and after the Second World War. Private First Class Danver Johns, USAAC served in the Army Air Corps and wrote letters to his parents Moss and Amy. He served stateside as a mechanic in various bases. This collection also contains 7 photographs and newspaper clippings.


  • 1943 November 17 – 1946 March 31

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 First Class Danver Johns was born September 20th, 1925, in Spokane, Washington to Moss and Amy Johns. When he was 18, Johns was eligible for a farm deferment, but chose to serve in the Army Air Corps. In December 1943, he was at Buckley Field near Denver, Colorado. He took the cadets test but didn't make it, so he tried to become a mechanic. He was transferred to the 770th squadron. He was moved to an Army Air Base in Salt Lake City, which was part of the 18th Replacement Wing of the Second Air Force. He did not serve overseas, but served on the state side. He went to B-29 school. In April 1946 Johns was given an honorable discharge. Johns attended Washington State College and graduated in 1950 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He married Verna Larsen on September 29, 1951. They had four kids: Marie, Luci, Robert, and Karen. Johns died on September 29th, 2004.


.5 Linear feet ((8 folders) )

Language of Materials



This collection contains letters to and from Private First Class Danver Johns and his parents Moss and Amy Johns during the Second World War. It also contains letters to Amy Johns from various correspondents and seven photographs and newspaper clippings.


This collection is arranged chronologically by material type:

  • Series 1, Correspondence from Danver Johns

  • Series 2, Correspondence to Danver Johns

  • Series 3, Correspondence to Amy Johns

  • Series 4, Photographs

  • Series 5, Biographical Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marie Johns. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.

Finding Aid for the Johns Family Second World War correspondence
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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