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John Flynn Letters

Identifier: MS-3207

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These letters, written between John and Helen Flynn during World War II, generally focus on the status of their children and how they long for each other. John Flynn does mention fighting in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, but that is all he mentions of his combat experiences. Flynn includes on the top of one of his letters a stamp from the Third Reich featuring a picture of Hitler. The letters documenting John's death describe in detail how he was killed and provide consolation to his wife and children. The letters are written on official stationary of Flynn's company, blank paper, and Red Cross Stationary.


  • 1945 February 15-1945 August 29

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These letters were written between John Flynn and his wife, Helen, while John was fighting in Germany during World War II and Helen was home with the children in Medford, Massachusetts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Before World War II, John Flynn lived in Medford, Massachusetts, with his wife, Helen, and their children, Jack, Dick, and Bill. During the war, Flynn served in Company A of the 18th Infantry, Big Red One Division, and saw action in Germany. Flynn was killed in action by a German round between March and April 1945.


This collection consists of one folder

Acquisition Note

Collection donated to Special Collections 2005 October.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA