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Walter W. Swayze Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-284-w-r

Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence from T/SGT Walter W. Swayze, USAAF to his wife Hilda. There are also correspondence to his parents. There is one folder of material sent to T/SGT Swayze, mostly greeting cards from his wife and children.

See series notes for more information.


  • 1943 September 10 - 1945 October 06

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

Technical Sergeant Walter Wesley Swayze, United States Army Air Force (6/6/1921 - 6/14/1990) was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, when his father, Burton, was 22 and his mother, Katherine, was 20. He registered for the draft on February 13, 1942, and listed his employer as the Ford Motor Company. He was inducted into the Army on July 31, 1942 and served as a flight maintanance gunner on B-29 bombers until October 12, 1945. He had three sons and one daughter with Hilda Beatrice Harleton. He died in Dearborn, Michigan, at the age of 69.


1 Linear feet (9 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence from T/SGT Walter W. Swayze, USAAF and Hilda Swayze during the Second World War as well as various documents and items kept by T/SGT Swayze from during his service or received afterwards.


This collection is arranged chronologically by material type:

  • Series 1, Correspondence
  • Series 2, Newspaper Clippings
  • Series 3, Photographs
  • Series 4, Various documents
  • Series 5, Realia
  • Series 6, Envelopes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Susan Collins, the daughter of T/SGT Swayze.

Finding Aid for Walter W. Swayze Second World War correspondence
Benjamin Stevens
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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