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James M. Griffin Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2085

This collection houses color photocopies of the diary that infantryman James M. Griffin kept during his tour of duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Each diary entry is accompanied by images of such pertinent information as maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, and medals. The record begins with Griffin's induction at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1941 and continues on to document his training in the Fiji Islands, the Russell Islands, and on Guadalcanal, his combat experiences on New Georgia Island, his stays in Army hospitals, and finally his return home to the United States. Griffin notes that he lost his original diary on New Georgia and that this replacement is comparatively brief.

Dates

  • 1941-1943

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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses color photocopies of the diary that infantryman James M. Griffin kept during his tour of duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Each diary entry is accompanied by images of such pertinent information as maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, and medals. The record begins with Griffin's induction at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1941 and continues on to document his training in the Fiji Islands, the Russell Islands, and on Guadalcanal, his combat experiences on New Georgia Island, his stays in Army hospitals, and finally his return home to the United States. Griffin notes that he lost his original diary on New Georgia and that this replacement is comparatively brief.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Matthew Griffin was born on April 15, 1918. During World War II, he served with the Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion of the 37th Division of the 148th Infantry in the Pacific Theater. He was injured during his service and was awarded a number of military honors, including the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star. Griffin married Frances Powell (1916-1983) and the couple had at least one daughter, Jill Frances. James Griffin died on September 25, 2002.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library on September 4, 2008.

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