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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Ross Relph Second World War correspondence
    source: Wiles, Gene Ellen
    source: Meyer, Rosalind
    source: Montgomery, Mary
    Creator: Relph, Ross, Private, 1921-2008
    Identifier/Call Number: 2018.158.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.025 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1942 October 11 - 1943 April 22
    Abstract: This collection contains four letters from Pvt. Ross Relph, USA to his parents during the Second World War.
    Condition Description: Some damage due to the glue on the envelope.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 5
    Container: 15
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gene E. Wiles, Rosalind Meyer and Mary Montgomery.


    This collection is arranged chronologically.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Ross Relph Second World War correspondence (2018.158.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains four letters from Private Ross Relph, United States Army (1/24/1921 - 7/2/2008) to his parents during the Second World War. Also included are two pages of biographical information from Ancestry.com provided by the donor.
    Pvt. Relph wrote his first letter shortly after being processed into the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and later discusses his training in detail while with 88th Infantry Training Battalion, Company A, 4th Platoon at Camp Roberts, California. His last letter describes the trip over the Pacific Ocean on the way to Australia in late February, 1943. He saw birds and dolphins, flying fish and finally land after a long trip. His description compares his voyage to that of Christopher Columbus and the "ecstasy" of seeing land. During his voyage he was transferred to 732 Ordinacnce Company and enjoys his work with weapons as it is similar to the machine shop back home.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    United States. -- Army.
    Wiles, Gene Ellen
    Meyer, Rosalind
    Montgomery, Mary