University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ernest Leyva Papers, 1953-1954

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leyva, Ernest
Title: Ernest Leyva Papers
Dates: 1953-1954
Abstract: Seventy letters by US Army private Ernest Leyva, to his family during his service in Korea, 1953-1954.
Accession No.: 2004-072
Extent: 5 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Private Ernest Leyva of Los Angeles, California trained at Fort Ord and other bases in California from 1952 to 1953. During 1953 and 1954 he served in Korea with the Eighth Army, as a truck driver in the 510th Trans Trk [Transport, truck] Company. In late 1954 he was transferred to a camp in Sendai, Japan where he continued to work as a driver.

Scope and Contents

Seventy letters written by Ernest Leyva to his family in California (1953-1954) illuminate the attitudes and experiences of an American soldier in Korea. Subjects include friends and family, Leyva's training, truck breakdowns and conditions on the road in various parts of Korea, his opinions about Korean food and customs, the frustrations of army life, and details of life such as using truck fuel in his cigarette lighter.


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Index Terms

Leyva, Ernest
Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives, American.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ernest Leyva Papers, 1953-1954, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3K132 Correspondence, 1953-1954
3T214 Photographs, [ca. 1954]