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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

Correspondence

Program and roster for Christmas dinner at Camp Wallace, December 25, 1943

Photograph of trainee Hyman C. Davidoff

Newspaper

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Camp Wallace, Texas, World War II Collection, 1943



Creator Camp Wallace (Tex.)
Title: Camp Wallace (Texas) World War II collection
Dates: 1943
Abstract: The Camp Wallace (Texas) World War II Collection consists of correspondence between soldiers stationed at Camp Wallace, Texas, and their friends and family as well as current and hopeful love interests.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01953
Extent: 1.83 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Historical Note

Camp Wallace, Galveston County, Texas, was designed as a training center for antiaircraft units in World War II. It was formally opened on February 1, 1941, and named for Col. Elmer J. Wallace of the Fifty-ninth Coast Artillery, who was fatally wounded in the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918. For two years Camp Wallace served as an antiaircraft replacement-training center. On April 15, 1944, the camp was officially transferred to the United States Navy as a naval training and distribution center and was used as a boot camp. After the war it became the Naval Personnel Separation Center. It was declared surplus in 1946.

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Scope and Contents

The Camp Wallace (Texas) World War II Collection consists of correspondence between soldiers stationed at Camp Wallace, Texas, and their friends and family as well as current and hopeful love interests. The correspondence is comprised of handwritten letters, postcards, typed letters, and news clippings. The young men receiving these letters were in training prior to being sent overseas for World War II. The letters were sent from all over the United States. The correspondence was written in 1943 during which time Camp Wallace served as an antiaircraft replacement-training center. The letters were written during 1943 when the soldiers were stationed at Camp Wallace. Common issues mentioned in the various letters regard furloughs, routine army drills, injuries and family illnesses, disappointment in the army, love interests, and romantic endeavors when on furlough. There is also brief mention of a suicide at the base. The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to Henry G. Loeffler.

The news clippings are frequently interleaved with the related correspondence. The news clippings consist of cartoons that pertain to military life, current events in cities such as Oakland, California, and a pin-up of Ingrid Bergman.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then further arranged in the chronological order in which it was post-marked or received.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Aldridge, Grady C.
Almand, Harold E.
Barribeau, Norman
Beckwith, Jr., Oscar
Cody, Clinton Boyd
Earrington, Quinton V.
Edwards, Howard H.
Evans, Grady C.
Fritch, Jr., Eugene L.
Fuller, William L.
Gibson, Eugene F.
Jenkins, Lowell Lee
King, Clifford
Loeffler, Henry G.
Moffati, Robert L.
Perry, Rodney
Scurlock, William R.
Seib, Jr., Raymond H.
Talbott, Alvin M.
Yochum, Fred
Corporate Names
United States. Air Force
Subjects
Military training camps
World War (1939-1945)
Places
Galveston
Texas

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Oversize Picture files.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Camp Wallace, Texas, World War II Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1994.

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Accession Number

94-279; 2018-016

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence

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3E308 [SRH1230015847] Grady C. Aldridge
Harold E. Almand
Norman Barribeau
Oscar Beckwith, Jr.
Oscar D. Brown
Clinton Boyd Cody
Quinton V. Earrington
Howard H. Edwards
Grady C. Evans
Eugene L. Fritch, Jr.
William L. Fuller
Eugene F. Gibson
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3E309 [SRH1230015848] Eugene F. Gibson
Lowell Lee Jenkins
Clifford King
Henry G. Loeffler
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3E310 [SRH1230015849] Henry G. Loeffler
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3E311 [SRH1230015852] Robert L. Moffati
Rodney Perry
William R. Scurlock
Raymond H. Seib, Jr.
Alvin M. Talbott
Fred Yochum
Unidentified

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3E311 [SRH1230015852] Program and roster for Christmas dinner at Camp Wallace, December 25, 1943

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3E311 [SRH1230015852] Photograph of trainee Hyman C. Davidoff

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2.325/AA13c [SRH1230010050] Newspaper
Camp Wallace Trainer, Bay City, Texas, July-September 1943

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