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T.H. Pritchett Second World War and Korean War correspondence, photographs, and other materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-166-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains materials from the service of LtCol. T.H. Pritchett, USA during the Second World War, Korean War, and the remainder of his service until retirement in 1962. Included in the collection are correspondence from the Korean War, photographs, medals and ribbons, award certificates, maps, and military documents.

Dates

  • 1941 January 5 - 1981 June 17

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.

Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant Colonel T.H. Pritchett, United States Army (2/24/1915 - 8/21/1988) was born in McKinney, Texas and lived in Sanger in Denton County with his mother Leddie, and his sister Virginia (who was head of the household according to the 1940 census) when he enlisted on February 5, 1942. He trained with Company C, 55th Medical Training Battalion at the Medical Replacement Training Center at Camp Barkeley, Texas where he was promoted first to Corporal and then Sergeant.

He finished training and earned the rank of First Lieutenant by the time he also earned the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action in Dornot, France in September 1944. During the war he served with the medical detachment of 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, "Birdsong's Killers," and aided in the liberation of Metz in France and earned the Combat Medical Badge, which he later had upgraded to a Bronze Star Medal. As part of the occupation, he served in Zweisel, Germany and Vitry le Francois with the Theater Area Support Command, European Communication Zone.

Pritchett was separated from the Army after the war and very quickly reenlisted on June 20, 1946. He then served in the Korean War in several areas including Inchon and Pusan and continued to earn commendations for heroism with the 7th Medical Battalion, 7th Infantry Division which was cited for the Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions from September 1950 to March 1951. After the war he was commissioned a Reserve Officer and earned the ranks of Captain in 1952 and Major in 1955, eventually reaching Lieutenant Colonel just before retiring in 1962.

While overseas in both conflicts he wrote to Edith Bernice Braswell (10/23/1921 - 5/14/1992) of Jacksonville, Florida, to whom he addressed his letters "Eddee Reedy". She lived in San Francisco throughout the Korean War and they married on January 19, 1952 in California. The record of their marriage lists her name as both Edith Braswell and Edith Reedy (Ancestry.com).

LtCol. Pritchett continued earning honors and appreciation awards until his retirement from the Army, and after as he worked as a civilian with the Directorate of Quality at Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, California.

LtCol. Pritchett passed away in California in August 1988 and is buried at San Francisco National Cemetary.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (1 document box, 2 flat boxes)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence, photographs and other materials from the service of LtCol. T.H. Pritchett, USA, during the Second World War, Korean War, and the remainder of his service until retirement in 1962. Included in the collection are correspondence from the Korean War, photographs, medals and ribbons, award certificates, maps, and military documents, as well as various memorabilia.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type:

Series 1, Correspondence Series 2, Photographs Series 3, Military service documents Series 4, Medals and awards Series 5, Maps Series 6, Memorabilia

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sandy Pritchett.
Title
Finding Aid for the T.H. Pritchett Second World War and Korean War correspondence, photographs, and other materials
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
12/13/2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States