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Ruth Fish Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 102, Folder: 36, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-259-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains six original correspondence from various authors written to Ruth Fish during the Second World War. Also included is one photocopied Civil War letter from James H. Lord to his father in 1861. The correspondence from James Lord of the 19th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers, Company A, discusses driving the enemy into Leesburg, Virginia despite being outnumbered two to one, 5,000 to 2,500 soldiers. He discusses casualties and says that he will write again "if I am not shot which I did not come here for..."

The correspondence to Ruth was written by several different authors, including: [Leong S. Wer?], Chaplain Clarence L. Gloss aboard the USAT Jane Addams, Corporal William Harry Devine of Company B, 145 Engineers, C Battalion, Gunners Mate Third Class Gordo Carpenter, 6th Division, USS Tennessee, and Lieutenant Paulpatrick Judge, 1st Radio Squadron in the Pacific.

It can be inferred from the letters that these men all know Ruth and may have been her students as she is a teacher in San Francisco. [Wer?] discusses bivouac and not wanting a leadership role. He also mentions a chow line a mile and a half long to spread out in case of bombings and calls the army a "traveling college." Chaplain Gloss mentions receiving Ruth's Christmas package, though it was all damaged, and his commanding officer, a Lieutenant Colonel and a Disciple from Chicago that helped with baptisms aboard the ship.

Cpl. Devine vaguely describes the Battle of the Bulge, trudging through mud in France, Belgium and Luxembourg and tells a short tale about a twelve year old French girl crying when her clothes were trampled in the mud. She and her mother had to hide for the "five weeks the Germans were back in here," to which he says, "c'est la guerre." He also says he was a part of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

GM3/c Carpenter wrote a short note asking about San Francisco and some friends, and Lt. Judge was in the Pacific and says that he has known Ruth for at least seven years, telling her not to work so hard and take a vacation. He also sent a Christmas card from Tokyo with an image of a Japanese town in the snow.

Dates

  • 1861 October 21 - 1945 December 10
  • Majority of material found within 1945-01-25 - 1945-12-10

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

According to the donor:

Per records: [John's] father was Richard Lord born in 1807 in Berry England. His brother was Ulysses Lord, born 1829. James born on December 10, 1834. Ulysses R. Lord married Jane Hufford, their child Olive Ella Lord was [Mavan?] Gregory's grandma and Ruth Fish's mom. So James was the uncle to Olive Ella Lord and great uncle to Ruth Fish.

Extent

.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains six original correspondence from various authors written to Ruth Fish during the Second World War. Also included is one photocopied Civil War letter from James H. Lord to his father in 1861.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth Fish, via Milton and Sheri Checchi.
Title
Finding Aid for the Ruth Fish Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
5/24/2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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