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box WWII 13, folder 5-6, folder 1-2

Series 1, Correspondence 1944 February - 1945 November 27

Scope and Contents

This series contains 60 corresondence written by Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA to his father, mother, and sister Kathyrn during the Second World War.
His earlier letters are written from Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he received his basic training in the medium tank division. His later letters are written from overseas. He served in France, Germany, and Belgium. He describes himself as a "first class housemaid" completing chores of bed-making, dish-washing, and floor-scrubbing. He was very fond of Life Savers and hot cocoa, as he makes repeated requests throughout his letters to his family to send him these items. He also indicates several times he is sending home foreign currency to his sister, who is collecting it. He shows interest and concern for his future in several letters in the spring of 1945 where he indicates a desire to attend Boston College.
Letters of note include the letter dated April 1, 1944, where he describes his eagerness to see action: "We have just started on our .30 caliber Browning machine gun 1919 model, the fastest, most accurate, and light machine gun in the war. I wouldn't mind being behind one of these babies in combat pouring lead into the bellies of the Japs or Germans."
Letter dated March 9, 1945, concerns about benefits for veterans: "I'm rather concerned about this goverment sponsored education for verterans after this war. I'd like very much to be able to enter Boston College and receive full benefits from the plan and like also to be able to make a stab at getting a well-rounded education. It has occurred to me that it would be nice for me to know a language, higher mathematics like algebra or geometry, and the English language better."
March 12, 1945: "At the same time I am mailing this letter, I'm also mailing one to the dean of Boston College. Briefly I said that I desired to enter their institution; that I would work hard to be a credit to any college kind enough to offer me its learning; gave them a brief outline of my education; and asked them to file the letter that I would come for an interview after the war."
Memo dated May 29, 1945 from Lieutanant General J. Lawton Collins by command of Brigadier General [Truman Everett] Boudinot. The letter provides the 3rd Armored Division with an update on the status of the war and their efforts.
box WWII 13, folder 7, folder 3

Series 2, Photographs 1944 - 1945

Scope and Contents

This series contains 29 photographs of Pvt. Joseph F. Dever, USA during the Second World War. The photographs were taken in Europe during the war and images depict soldiers, civilians, and ruins from the war.