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Collection of World War II Letters to Tennessee

Identifier: MS-2122

  • Staff Only

This collection contains letters by various soldiers. The letters are addressed to friends and family living in Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee. It appears that a number of the soldiers corresponded with one woman in Memphis, June Bacigalupo, between 1941-1946. The letters, written both at home and abroad, discuss little more than base life and various aspects of training.

Those interested in further personal correspondence during/regarding World War II might also wish to view the following collections: MS 1259, MS 1298, MS 1314, MS 1427, MS 1608, MS 1881, MS 1892, MS 2012 and MS 2112.


  • 1941-1946

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1.5 Linear Feet


This collection features letters written by soldiers to family and friends in Tennessee during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

The letters of Joseph Anses indicate he was training as U. S. Navy pilot in the first half of 1945. Sgt. Walter Crosley letter's describe his training as an Army Air Force pilot. Pvt. John Morehouse served in the U. S. Army Air Force. James Morgan's letters come from his training in Miami, Fla. as a Naval Air Gunner. Sgt. Robert Moyes served in the Army. Pvt. Albert Ricci served in the Army Air Force. James Riggs was training in Memphis for service in the Navy. Homer Spivey served in the Army. Sgt. L. M. Spivey was in the Army Air Force, as was Cpl. Robert Williams.


Collection is arranged into twelve series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Anses, Joseph
  2. Series II: Crosley, Sgt. Walter
  3. Series III: Kirk (Arthur)
  4. Series IV: Other Letters
  5. Series V: Morehouse, Pvt. John
  6. Series VI: Morgan, James
  7. Series VII: Moyes, Sgt. Robert
  8. Series VIII: Ricci, Pvt. Albert
  9. Series IX: Riggs, James
  10. Series X: Spivey, Homer
  11. Series XI: Spivey, Sgt. L. M.
  12. Series XII: Williams, Cpl. Robert

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased.

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