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Smith (Harry F., Jr.) Second World War Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Harry F. Smith, Jr. Second World War correspondence
    source: Smith, Harry F., Mr., Jr.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2015.111.w.r
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1944-1946-05
    Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence and other material from Storekeeper Third Class Harry F. Smith, Jr., United States Navy to his family during the Second World War.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Center for American War Letters.
    Container: H.F. Smith 1
    Container: 1-5
    Container: H.F. Smith 2
    Container: 6-13

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Harry Fay Smith, Jr., 10/29/2015.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Harry F. Smith, Jr. Second World War correspondence (2015.111.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains the correspondence from SK 3/c Harry F. Smith, Jr., USN to his family during the Second World War. The collection also contains photographs, ephemera, booklets, empty envelopes, and a map of San Diego. The photographs, ephemera and two of the booklets were sent along with correspondence.
    The correspondence details the service of SK 3/c Smith during his training and deployment in the Pacific theater. He began training in April 1945 at the United States Naval Training Center (USNTC) at Camp Decateur in San Diego, Ca. He detailed the training program for his parents up until departure out of San Diego Harbor on the Cruiser Biloxi on July 19. After the censors had eased at the end of the war, in a letter dated September 4, 1945, he wrote a letter detailing his travel by ship to Pearl Harbor and then to Guam in the Marianas Islands chain. This includes training in the Pacific of simulating planes dive-bombing their ship. After writing as a Seaman First Class for most of his service, he was promoted to Storekeeper Third Class on March 3, 1946 and departed Guam for the United States on May 23, 1946 aboard the Billy Mitchell. His last letter to his parents was dated the day before his departure.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.


    This collection is arranged by material type and date: Series 1: Correspondence from Harry--Series 2: Booklets--Series 3: Map of San Diego.

    Biographical / Historical

    Harry Fay Smith, Jr. was born in Los Angeles in 1927 to his parents, Harry Fay Smith, Sr. and May J. Smith. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 18 in April 1945. He continued to serve and deployed to the Pacific theater until after the war when he returned to the United States in May 1946.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945
    United States Navy
    Smith, Harry F., Mr., Jr.