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Martha Johnson Second World War correspondence and photographs

 Collection — Box: WWII 30, Folder: 6-7, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: 2019-084-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 29 correspondence to Martha Johnson from various authors during the Second World War. Included are sixteen correspondence from Collet Désiré Maître, written in French, and correspondence in English including eight from Cpl. Donald B. Miller, USAAF, three from Rdm3/c William D. Fife, USN, one from T/Sgt. Marshall G. Edwards, USA, and one from SSgt. [Fd.] Lewis, USA.

Also included in this collection are 13 photographs, including a photo of Maitre, and various photos of soldiers and destruction in the South Pacific.


  • 1943 December 31 - 1947 March 6

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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

Martha Johnson attended college during these correspondence, with mention of her studies in algebra and heading off to college at Duke University as early as January of 1944. Some of Collet Maître's letters were addressed to her at College Station in Durham, North Carolina, though she's from Atlanta, Georgia.

Corporal Don B. Miller, United States Army Air Force (8/6/1922 - 12/15/2012) enlisted in September or October, 1945 (according to one of his letters) and served with Company B, 1877th Engineer Aviation Battalion in Oran, North Africa and the China India Burma Theater; including Ledo in Assam, India, Chabua, India and various locations in Burma before flying to Karachi for disembarkment back to the US. Miller boarded a Liberty ship, the USS Reverdy Johnson from Hampton Rhodes, Virginia to cross the Atlantic to North Africa (letter dated November 16, 1945).

He also had two brothers who served during the war; Sergeant Robert Miller, United States Army in France, Italy and Germany and Private Fletcher Miller, United States Army in the Philippines in 1945 just after high school (according to donor and mentions in Miller's letters).

Radarman Third Class William David Fife, United States Navy served aboard the USS Kimberly.

Staff Sergeant Edward Lewis, United States Army served with Company F, 507 Parachute Infantry and wrote from England after his unit was removed after the Normandy invasion.

Technical Sergeant Marshall G. Edwards, United States Army trained at the Adjutant General Operations Clerical School, United States Forces European Theater (Main) in Frankfurt, Germany after the war.


.25 Linear feet (2 folders)

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This collection contains 29 correspondence to Martha Johnson from various authors during the Second World War. Also included are 13 photographs of soldiers and destruction in the South Pacific, as well as some of the correspondents.


This collection is arranged chronologically and by language:

  • Series 1, Correspondence photographs from various authors
  • Series 2, Correspondence and photograph from Collet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen McKoy.

Finding Aid for the Martha Johnson Second World War correspondence and photographs
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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