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Donald B. Heffron Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0042

This collection consists of a photocopy of Donald B. Heffron's handwritten, personal account of his World War II experiences as a Marine Raider. The manuscript begins with his last few years in high school and ends circa 1946. The author also describes his training at Camp Elliott in California, his first experiences in combat, and the culture of the South Pacific during the war. The book includes a prologue by the author and a list of people the manuscript rotated to for review.

Also available is a press clipping from The Knoxville News-Sentinel, part of an advertising supplement in the September 6, 1998, issue on Townsend, TN.

Dates

  • 1996 June 26, 1998 September 6

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a photocopy of Donald B. Heffron's handwritten, personal account of his World War II experiences as a Marine Raider. The manuscript begins with his last few years in high school and ends circa 1946. Also available is a press clipping from The Knoxville News-Sentinel, part of an advertising supplement in the September 6, 1998, issue on Townsend, TN.

Biographical/Historical Note

Donald Bruce Heffron was born on March 30, 1925, in Chicago. He was the oldest son of Donald and Mary Brown Heffron. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1943 and decided to enroll in the United States Marine Corps because of Pearl Harbor. Trained as a Marine Raider, Heffron served 26 months in the South Pacific. He was wounded on both Guam and Okinawa and received two Purple Hearts. After an honorable discharge in 1946, Heffron enrolled in college and graduated in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He moved several times throughout his career and was posted twice in South America, settled for a period in Florida, and retired permanently in Tennessee.

He married his wife Delores circa 1947 and the couple had six children: Donald, Daniel, Douglas, Derek, Deanna, and Donadee. Heffron died on February 4, 2012.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as a part of MS.2112. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.3.0008 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by Donald B. Heffron.

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