Physical Description: 0.04 Linear Feet(1 folder)
Language of Material: English.
Scope and Contents
This series contains six letters from Pvt. Dayle E. Gibson, USA to Hattie M. Newman during the Second World War. They infer
that they are dating, though Dayle says it is okay for her to write other men. His first three letters were from Thaon, France
and he asks about several people back home. His sister says that the two of them make a great couple and some other family
and friend business is discussed throughout the correspondence. Two soldiers were mentioned in his unit, Leeland Clark and
On August 14, 1945 Pvt. Gibson mentions being overseas for 27 months and that "everyone's talking about the atomic bomb and
Japan's surrendring terms." He also mentions being fed up with the "frogs," a derogatory term for the French people with whom
the American soldiers are not getting along. The French people wear the soldiers' clothing and military police force them
to strip in the streets. Pvt. Gibson says, "In a way I don't blame the men for what they are going to do to these girls when
we leave Thaon. Any girl they see with an American soldier they are going to cut all her hair off when we leave. They really
are mad because some of our boys can date the girls here and the Frenchmen can't. The girls ignore them. Not all but same."
By August 25, his unit moves to Mulhouse, France and later Metz, where the soldiers were confined to camp because of a fight
that broke out between French people and black soldiers, involving "some killings."
By the end of the correspondence, he is waiting to be sent home and expresses his love and hopes to marry Hattie. He also
mentions considering the Merchant Marines if he cannot find work back home. Throughout the correspondence, it seems Hattie
is ill and in every letter he hopes she is doing better than before. Some of the letters are signed "Eddie."