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Miller, Melissa (First World War, Second World War, and Korean War correspondence collection)
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • George Philip Blind
  • Lewis Calvin Kluttz
  • Preferred Citation
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Melissa Miller First World War, Second World War, and Korean War collection
    source: Miller, Melissa
    Creator: Blind, George Philip
    Creator: Kluttz, Lewis Calvin
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.280.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1917 October 1 - 1952 September 20
    Abstract: This collection contains letters, photographs, military records, and funeral ephemera from 1st Lt. Lewis Calvin Kluttz during the Second World War and Korean War as well as correspondence from Kluttz's uncle, Cpl. George Phillip Blind during the First World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWI 13
    Container: 1-8

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Melissa Miller


    This collection is arranged chronologically by material type:
    • Series 1, George Philip Blind First World War correspondence
    • Series 2, Lewis Calvin Kluttz Second World War correspondence
    • Series 3, Lewis Calvin Kluttz Korean War correspondence

    George Philip Blind

    George Phillip Blind was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1886. He was the fifth of seven children of Phillip Blind, a Civil War Veteran, and Elizabeth Ellen Blind. The Blinds brought their family to California from Ohio around 1884 or 1885. By the 1910 census, George was living at home but working as a hotel waiter. He went back to Ohio in 1912 and married Anna Margaret Stenger. By 1916 they had a son, George Phillip Blind, Jr. and were back in California. George volunteered for the military during the First World War and served as a Corporal in Battery D, Reg #62, Artillery Corps. He wrote to his sister Helen Jennette Blind and his sister Linnian E. Blind. George's brother, Charles Blind also served the First World War. George was discharged in March of 1919. In the 1920 census he is listed as divorced and a Private at Camp Mead, Anne Arundel, Maryland. By 1924, he was back in California, where he died in Letterman Hospital. He is buried in the National Cemetery in the Presidio in San Francisco.

    Lewis Calvin Kluttz

    Lewis Calvin Kluttz was born in Douglas, AZ in 1927. He had an older sister named Katherine, who was born in 1925. His father was Silas Lillington Kluttz (son of a Civil War veteran) from North Carolina who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. His mother was Helen Jeanette Kluttz (sister of George Phillip Blind) from California who had come to Douglas as a teacher. Lewis attended Douglas High School and played basketball and football. After graduation, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson as a pre-med student, for he wanted to be a doctor like his uncle Charles Blind, but his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. He served for 18 months in Alaska before being discharged. He returned to the University and finished his degree with a Bachelor of Science in 1949. He wasn't accepted into any medical schools resulting in him studying law. He was in the Army Reserves when the Korean War began and he was called back into duty as a 1st Lt. He was killed on July 29, 1952 while leading his platoon on their third attempt to take "Outpost Kelly" held by the Chinese. He was shot in the head by a sniper. He was nominated for the Distinguished Service Award and received the Purple Heart. (His cousin and son of Charles Blind, Lee Penn Blind was killed while on active duty in July of 1953. He was a pilot and died during a training accident). Lewis' funeral was held on September 20, 1952 at First Presbyterian Church/Calvary Cemetery in Douglas, AZ.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Melissa Miller First World War, Second World War and Korean War collection (2017.280.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains correspondence from Corporal George Phillip Blind to his sisters during the First World War. This collection also contains correspondence from First Lieutenant Lewis Calvin Kluttz to his parents and sister during the Second World War and during the Korean War. Kluttz died July 29, 1952 in Korea. This collection also contains military and government documents concerning his death.

    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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1914-1918)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1914-1918
    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    Korean War -- (1950-1953) -- Correspondence
    Last letters before death
    Death notification
    World War (1939-1945) -- Campaigns -- Alaska -- Aleutian Islands
    Miller, Melissa