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Lucy A. Ingram Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 19, Folder: 8
Identifier: 2017-560-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence from three soldiers, Private First Class Paul J. "Jack" Hansen, Sergeant Joe Bell, and Private First Class Francis Joseph "Fran" Oborne during the Second World War. Oborne was the donor Lucy Ingram's cousin. He was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945 and his remains were buried at the San Francisco Military Cemetery.

In his letter of October 1946, Jack Hansen writes of his wish to return to the United States and discusses his fellow soldiers' and his efforts to paint one of their offices in Guam. Joe Bell writes from New Guinea where he was stationed in 1944. Mostly, he discusses his hut he built on the beach and about swimming in the ocean. He mentions someone saw a crocodile on the beach, and says he does not want to tangle with one of them. He also discusses going though a former Japanese encampment and finding money from the Japanese invasion. He and his friends apparently went to the Post Exchange with that money and bought a carton of cigarettes with it, despite it not being an acceptable form of currency. The final letter from Francis Oborne is dated February 14, 1945. In it, he talks about his plans for the future coaching football at USC and how much he misses playing tennis with his cousin. Then he tells her he still has a lock of her hair and her picture in his wallet. Oborne was killed during the invasion of Iwo Jima less than two weeks later.


  • 1946 October 25
  • 1944 May 17
  • 1945 February 14

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0.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains correspondence and photographs from three soldiers, PFC Paul J. "Jack" Hansen, Sgt. Joe Bell, and PFC Francis Joseph "Fran" Oborne during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lucy A. Ingram

Finding Aid for the Lucy A. Ingram Second World War correspondence
Lorraine Shaller
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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