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Walter Goolsby Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0158

The Walter Goolsby Collection includes correspondence to family and other officers, newspapers, photographs, and military and veteran documents from the 1940s and the late 1980s.

Series I: Correspondence and Communications includes letters written to his family, letters from friends and family, transcripts and papers from a 1987 Reunion, and a Christmas card.

Series II: Newspapers and Photographs includes several photographs and news clippings. Some of these documents are photocopies.

Series III: Military Documents and Booklets includes several instruction manuals and encyclopedias for forces in Hawaii, lists of dates and places travelled, several U.S. Naval documents, and multiple Japanese documents.

Series IV: Veteran Documents includes documents for soldiers as the exit active service alongside other material including a Christmas service bulletin, handwritten notes, and a digest of Tennessee State laws.

Dates

  • 1943-1945, circa 1957, 1968, 1986-1988, undated

Language

English.

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

0.25 Linear Feet (4 folders)

Abstract

The Walter Goolsby Collection includes correspondence to family and other officers, newspapers, photographs, and military and veteran documents from the 1940s and the late 1980s.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Walter Goolsby was born August 26, 1917 in Livingston, Tennessee to John and Effie Cook Goolsby. He was drafted into the U. S. Navy on November 4, 1943 and served during World War II as a radar specialist on the USS McCoy Reynolds (DE-440), a destroyer escort based in the Pacific Area theater of war. Following the war, he worked as an industrial engineer with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 35 years. He married Ollie Rich Goolsby (1915-2007). In 1986, Goolsby spearheaded a reunion of his shipmates. Goolsby died July 6, 2013 and is buried in Roane County, Tennessee.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.1427.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's 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