Paul C.Trammell Papers
This collection consists of a corrected proof of Paul C. Trammell’s detailed memoir about his experiences in the United States Marine Corps beginning in 1940. The memoir provides details about his time in ROTC while he was attending Knoxville High School and his attempts to enlist in the Marine Corps. The manuscript also describes his time training at Parris Island as well as his experience in the Fleet Marine Force as part of the First Marine Division in Cuba, Samoa, Wallis Island, Bougainville, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima. The photocopied manuscript is 166 pages long.
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This collection consists of Paul C. Trammell’s detailed memoir about his experiences in the United States Marine Corps beginning in 1940.
Paul C. Trammell was born on November 20, 1918, in Knoxville, TN. Trammell dreamed of joining the Marine Corps while in grammar school and his resolve to enlist strengthened when he joined the ROTC at Knoxville High School. He first attempted to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1939, but was denied due to a scar on his eye. After several attempts, he was accepted to the Marine Corps in 1940 and was sent to Parris Island to complete his initial training. Upon completion of boot camp, Trammell was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force and was sent to Cuba from 1940-1941. While in Cuba, he was assigned to the M Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines. The Fleet Marine Force specialized in amphibious warfare and the M Company was a machine gun company; while in Cuba the company received specialized training. Trammell was promoted to instructor of his company for the duration of the machine gun training.
Eventually, the Seventh Marines were incorporated into the First Marine Division. The Division was sent to Samoa in 1942 and would spend the duration of the war in the Pacific. Trammell was quickly promoted through the ranks and was eventually ranked as First Lieutenant. Throughout the war Trammell would be stationed in Wallis Island, Bougainville, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima.
Trammell had three children with his wife Josephine: Jody, Carole, and Paul. He passed away on November 14, 1998, and is buried in the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
This collection consists of a single folder.
This collection was originally listed as a part of MS.2012. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.3.0004 until receiving its current number.
This collection is the property of Special Collections.
Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA