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Capos C. Culpepper Second World War correspondence books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2019-015-wc-r

Content Description

This collection contains two books compiled by Capos C. "Chip" Culpepper based on the correspondence of his father, T/Sgt. Conley E. Culpepper, USAAF and mother, Delphia J. Ashley during the Second World War. The first book, Darling Conley...Dearest Dell, copyright 2015, is in both digital and physical form (binder). The other book, Some War Stories Told in Short, Controlled Bursts, copyright 2017, is in digital form. The digital copies are on a flash drive which has also been digitally archived.

Darling Conley...Dearest Dell is not a direct transcription, edits made. Some spelling and dates are wrong, some index dates (date of correspondence where name can be found) are wrong.

The content of Darling Conley... is mostly transcriptions of letters in (mostly) chronological order, with several photographs and notations provided by the author for context. The period covers June 23, 1943 until December 4, 1945, including Culpepper's military training and the period of combat missions during the first part of 1945. There is little mention of the combat, however the author added detailed mission reports for context. The photographs include pictures of people mentioned, certificates, and some other memorabilia. Also included are a forward and an index, with names of people, places and things mentioned, as well as abbreviations.

The publication Some War Stories... is written by the author in a narrative form, and also contains several photographs and scans for context.

An additional content note provides names of other service members mentioned, taken from the index of Darling Conley... Of note are Culpepper's pilot, Lt. James C. Adair, USAAF and Delphia's cousin, Technical Sergeant Minor Fair Green, USAAF who served with the 10th Air Force in the India-Burma theater of operations as an aerial gunner and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Scope and Contents

Names of servicemembers mentioned in Darling Conley...:

  • Aches, Pvt.
  • Adair, James, Lt.
  • Adsit, Dayan/Dan
  • Allinson, Dale
  • Arnold, Harold/”Hap”, Gen.
  • Ashcraft, Derwood
  • Ashcraft, Lt.
  • Aubuchon, Edward
  • Baker, Pvt.
  • Baxter, Franklin
  • Baxter, Russell
  • Brooks, Harvey
  • Brucker, Milton, Lt.
  • Bryant, Pvt.
  • Burnett, M.C./Mc
  • Craig, Harold
  • Dalgarn, Mike
  • Felts, Joe Henry
  • Gillison, Steward J., 1st Lt.
  • Goddard, Ben
  • Green, Minor Fair, T/Sgt
  • Gwin, Bruce, T/5
  • Sites, Clyde, USN
  • Holmes, Horace
  • Holmes, Jimmie
  • Hubbard, Jimmy
  • Jones, James
  • Kelly, Dr. O.R.
  • Kimberly, John, Capt.
  • Klenke, Carl
  • Ladd, Amos
  • Ladd, Emil
  • Leatherwood, J.A.
  • Lewis, Judge
  • Mathis, Glynn
  • McClung, Joe
  • McCool, Bob
  • McCool, Clifton
  • McCool, Ebert
  • McDonald, Pvt
  • McNeil, Jimmie
  • Meley, DeWitt
  • Nall, Dan
  • Padgett, Austin
  • Parr, Pvt.
  • Paxton, Billy
  • Perry, Calvin
  • Petty, Herbert
  • Rhoden, W.J.
  • Rippy, Kenneth
  • Roberts, James/Jim
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D., Pres.
  • Shoemaker, Theron, Pvt.
  • Siereveld, Adrian
  • Springer, Bob
  • Stephenson, James
  • Storm, Clarence
  • Thornton, Raymond Jr.
  • Terminello, William F., Capt.
  • Tomblin, Pvt.
  • Vanhorn, Pvt.
  • Webb, Flossie
  • Webb, Lee Ester/”L.E.”
  • Wesala, Elmer, Lt.
  • Whitaker, Emmett


  • Copyright: 2015 - 2017

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

These stories and compilations of correspondence were compiled by Capos C. "Chip" Culpepper II, the son of the letter writers, Conley and Delphia Culpepper. Technical Sergeant Conley Edward Culpepper, United States Army Air Force (3/26/1924 - 8/30/2000) was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and joined the military in 1943. Delphia Jane "Del" Ashley (12/5/1924 - 3/31/2014) was born in Sheridan, Arkansas and met Conley when she was 16 years old. They courted and continued correspondence after Conley joined the Army. They married on August 24, 1945.

T/Sgt. Culpepper trained at Camp Robinson in Arkansas, Amarillo, Texas, Kingman, Arizona, Sioux City Army Air Field in Iowa, and Lincoln Army Air Field in Nebraska. In September 1944, he flew to England and was assigned to 349th Squadron, 100th Bomb Group (Heavy), 13th Combat Bombardment Wing, 8th Army Air Force. Culpepper was an engineer and completed technical school in the Army to become an airplane mechanic. He flew B-17s as an engineer and gunner for 35 combat bombing missions over Europe, including Germany.


0.2 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains two books compiled by Capos C. "Chip" Culpepper based on the correspondence of his father, T/Sgt. Conley E. Culpepper, USAAF and mother, Delphia J. Ashley during the Second World War, as well as digital copies kept on a flash drive.


This collection is arranged by material type. The flashdrive is kept with the physical copy of Darling Conley...Dearest Dell and the digital materials have been uploaded to the library server.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Capos C. "Chip" Culpepper II.

Processing Information

The physical materials were donated in a binder. They have been removed from the binder and it has been discarded for space.

Finding Aid for the Capos C. Culpepper Second World War correspondence books
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