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William Hunt Scrapbooks and Other Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3455

This collection consists primarily of two scrapbooks documenting William H. Hunt's service in the Army Corps of Engineers between 1942 and 1946. The larger scrapbook contains three professional portraits of Hunt in uniform, snapshots, magazine and newspaper clippings dating from 1945 and 1984, a telegraph that Hunt sent to his parents, a copy of a letter of commendation, and a propaganda leaflet that the Japanese dropped while he as stationed on Leyte. Two photographs of Hunt at a military seminar in Florida appear on the back cover. The smaller scrapbook includes a record of Hunt's measurements upon enlistment, a list of his promotions, and a newspaper clipping about fraternity brother Fred Baumann. The collection also includes loose newspapers and newspaper clippings, three family letters, a list of the members of the 110th Engineering Battalion, and an article about Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles.

Dates

  • 1942-2008 (Bulk 1942-1946)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of two scrapbooks documenting William H. Hunt's service in the Army Corps of Engineers between 1942 and 1946. The larger scrapbook contains three professional portraits of Hunt in uniform, snapshots, magazine and newspaper clippings dating from 1945 and 1984, a telegraph that Hunt sent to his parents, a copy of a letter of commendation, and a propaganda leaflet that the Japanese dropped while he as stationed on Leyte. Two photographs of Hunt at a military seminar in Florida appear on the back cover. The smaller scrapbook includes a record of Hunt's measurements upon enlistment, a list of his promotions, and a newspaper clipping about fraternity brother Fred Baumann. The collection also includes loose newspapers and newspaper clippings, three family letters, a list of the members of the 110th Engineering Battalion, and an article about Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Hoyl Hunt was born to Martin Condon and Anne Agness (Gill) Hunt in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 19, 1921. He began his higher education at the University of Tennessee in 1940 but dropped out to join the Army on November 11, 1942. Hunt served with Company A of the 110th Engineering Battalion, which participated in the conquests of Leyte and Okinawa. He also attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia from March to June of 1943 and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 8, 1945. After the war ended, Hunt served in Korea before returning to the United States in March of 1946. He also returned to his education and graduated from UT with a BS in Business Administration on August 27, 1948. Hunt spent most of his professional career working for Standard Knitting Mills and the University of Tennessee Physical Plant. He was also active in the Army Reserves (where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel) and devoted to Knoxville's First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder. Hunt died in Knoxville on December 16, 2008 and is buried in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three boxes.

Acquisition Note

The Center for the Study of War and Society transferred these materials to Special Collections on September 24, 2009.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480