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World War II Correspondence Collection Edit


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Finding Aid Author
Amber J. D'Ambrosio
Finding Aid Date
2014 February 18
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  • 1943-1945 (Creation)


  • 0.1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    Small Collections box

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains 13 letters or excerpts from letters written during World War II (1943-1945) by servicemen in various parts of the world.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    Helen Moody was born March 20, 1903. She married Dr. Wilford J. Reichman in 1928. She was the mother of three sons and one daughter. In his donation letter, her son writes, "My Mother copied these letters with permission of the families during World War II. She used them to give a lecture about 'letters from the front.' She wanted other people to know more about the lives of those serving in the armed forces. She died in 1978 and is buried in St. George, Utah.

  • Scope and Contents

    The World War II Correspondence collection includes 13 letters written during World War II by servicemen in various parts of the world. Not all letters or excerpts are dated, but the letters roughly cover the years 1943-1945. The servicemen were living under a variety of conditions and wrote home about their circumstances, trials, hopes, and dreams. At least one young soldier did not make it home. His letter, or “Spiritual Insurance Policy” as he called it, was hand-delivered to his family by the “Rt. Rev. Monsignor Patrick Kennedy” of the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City. The soldier requested Reverend Kenney deliver it in the event he was not able to tell them himself.

    There is some doubt about three of the writers having southern Utah roots, but the other nine were local and returned home. They include: Clarence J. Brooks, Howard Walter Cannon, Ray B. Farnsworth, Ralph G. Goates, Melville L. Hirschi, Miles (Mike) Otis Hutchings, Dayne A. Mathis, Ronald Val McArthur, Thomas P. McArthur, Edward C. McChrystal, Richard S. Passey, Virgil Crosby Snow, and L. N. Spring.

  • Arrangement

    The original letter is housed separately from the transcriptions. The transcriptions are in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    Only one letter in this collection is an original. The rest are transcriptions made by Helen Moody Reichman. The location of the original letters is unknown, but they are assumed to be with the families of the individual soldiers.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, 2008-03: [identification of item], World War II Correspondence collection, 1943-1945, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright only to the sole original letter in the collection. All other rights are assumed to belong to owners of the originals from which the transcriptions were taken. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist or the owner of the originals and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.