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Ross Relph Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 5, Folder: 15
Identifier: 2018-158-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains four letters from Private Ross Relph, United States Army (1/24/1921 - 7/2/2008) to his parents during the Second World War. Also included are two pages of biographical information from provided by the donor.

Pvt. Relph wrote his first letter shortly after being processed into the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and later discusses his training in detail while with 88th Infantry Training Battalion, Company A, 4th Platoon at Camp Roberts, California. His last letter describes the trip over the Pacific Ocean on the way to Australia in late February, 1943. He saw birds and dolphins, flying fish and finally land after a long trip. His description compares his voyage to that of Christopher Columbus and the "ecstasy" of seeing land. During his voyage he was transferred to 732 Ordinacnce Company and enjoys his work with weapons as it is similar to the machine shop back home.


  • 1942 October 11 - 1943 April 22

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.


0.025 Linear feet (1 folder)


This collection contains four letters from Pvt. Ross Relph, USA to his parents during the Second World War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gene E. Wiles, Rosalind Meyer and Mary Montgomery.

Condition Description

Some damage due to the glue on the envelope.
Finding Aid for the Ross Relph Second World 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