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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Joseph F. Dever Second World War correspondence
    Creator: Dever, Joseph F.
    source: Brooker, Donald F.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2016.098.w.r
    Physical Description: .25 Linear feet (3 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1944 February - 1945 November 27
    Abstract: This collections contains the correspondence and photographs of Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA during the Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 13
    Container: 5-7
    Container: 1-3

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Donald F. Brooker.


    This collection is arranged by material type and date.
    • Series 1: Correspondence from Joseph Dever
    • Series 2: Photographs

    Biographical / Historical

    Private Joseph Francis Dever, United States Army grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and joined the Army in February 1944 at the age of 19. He was part of the 33rd Armored Regiment, a combat unit of the 3rd Armored Division, also known as the "Spearhead Division." He trained at Fort Knox until serving overseas beginning in September, 1944. While in the service, he wrote letters home to his father, Joseph Francis Dever, Sr., his mother Mabelle, and his sister Kathryn. A record from Boston College shows he was awarded a degree on June 14, 1950 in Business Administration. He graduated magna cum laude.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Joseph F. Dever Second World War correspondence (2016.098.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 the correspondence and photographs of Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA during the Second World War. Pvt Dever wrote to his father, mother and sister Kathryn initially from Fort Knox, Kentucky while he was doing basic training and later from France, Germany, and Belgium. The photographs were taken in Europe during the war.

    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 (1939-1945)
    World War (1939-1945) -- Germany
    World War (1939-1945) -- Belgium
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945) -- France
    United States -- Department of Veterans Affairs
    Basic training (Military education)
    Brooker, Donald F.