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Dannie Arthur Carr Correspondence

Identifier: CSWS-0057

  • Staff Only

This collection contains ninety-four letters written over the course of nine months from November 1968 to July 1969 by Dannie Arthur Carr to his high school girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Fox Smith, about his daily life and activities while serving in the Vietnam War. He includes information about the weather, patrols, his platoon, and the hardship of being away from loved ones.


  • 1968 November 11-1969 July 2


The material in this collection is in English.

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0.5 Linear Feet (One half box)


This collection contains correspondence between Dannie Arthur Carr and his high school girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Fox Smith, during his time deployed in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dannie Arthur Carr was born on June 30, 1947 in Sevierville, Tennessee. He attended Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. He served in the Vietnam War in the United States Army as an infantryman. His tour began on November 5, 1968. Carr was killed on July 3, 1969 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, just after his 22nd birthday. Carr’s death is listed as a hostile ground casualty by artillery fire. He never married and is buried in Zion Grove Cemetery in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Carr's high school girlfriend was Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Fox Smith (b. February 13, 1950). Her father, Amos Fox (1905-1986), owned Fox Motel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee located on Highway 73 (Roaring Fork Road). Her brother, Gary Reagan Fox (b. May 14, 1945), also died in the Vietnam War. He died in action on May 20, 1967 in Quang Tri, Vietnam.


This collection is arranged in the order in which the recipient received the letters. Each folder contains correspondence and the envelope in which it was recieved.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as CSWS.VW.0001.

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