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Walter M. Higgs Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0019

This collection consists of an address book, correspondence, enlistment and honorable discharge records, photographs, press clippings, and promotion list from Walter M. Higgs' service in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. The correspondence is mostly accounts of Walter's health, his movements, and a few musings on politics. The majority of the press clippings document Higgs' service. Higgs served in the Pacific Theater as part of the 17th Bomber Squadron 27th Bombardment Group and as a POW in Japan.

Dates

  • 1942-1950, 1985, undated

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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 an address book, correspondence, enlistment and honorable discharge records, photographs, press clippings, and a promotion list from Walter M. Higgs' service in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Higgs served in the Pacific Theater as part of the 17th Bomber Squadron 27th Bombardment Group and was a POW in Japan.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Maynard Higgs was born on November 1, 1919, in Axson, Georgia. On October 8, 1940, Higgs enlisted at Fort Serevon in Georgia. He departed for the Pacific Theater on November 1, 1941. In April 1942, Higgs was held as a prisoner of war at a Japanese camp. He was released from the camp in August of 1945 and honorably discharged on April 7, 1946.

Sergeant Walter M. Higgs was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on October 31, 1984, for his service during November 1941 to September 1945.

Higgs died on January 8, 1989, in Church Hill, Tennessee.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as a part of a part of MS.1259. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.1.0019 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections acquired this collection via the Center for the Study of War and Society.

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