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Johns Family Second World War Correspondence
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  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Arrangement
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Johns Family Second World War correspondence
    creator: Johns, Danver, 9/20/1925-9/29/2004
    creator: Johns, Amy, 1891 to 1973
    source: Johns, Marie
    Identifier/Call Number: 2016.168.w.r
    Physical Description: .5 Linear feet (8 folders)
    Date (inclusive): November 17, 1943 – March 31, 1946
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives
    Abstract: This collection contains letters to and from Danver Johns and his parents Moss and Amy Johns during the Second World War. It also contains letters to Amy Johns from various correspondents and seven photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Content Description

    This collection contains 79 correspondence to and from members of the Johns family during and after the Second World War. Private First Class Danver Johns served in the Army Air Corps and wrote letters to his parents Moss and Amy. He served stateside as a mechanic in various bases. This collection also contains 7 photographs and newspaper clippings.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    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.


    This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence from Danver Johns -- Series 2: Correspondence to Danver Johns -- Series 3: Correspondence to Amy Johns -- Series 4: Photographs -- Series 5: Biographical Information

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Marie Johns. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number] Johns Family Second World War correspondence (2016.168.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Biographical / Historical

    Private First Class Danver Johns was born September 20th, 1925, in Spokane, Washington to Moss and Amy Johns. When he was 18, Johns was eligible for a farm deferment, but chose to serve in the Army Air Corps. In December 1943, he was at Buckley Field near Denver, Colorado. He took the cadets test but didn't make it, so he tried to become a mechanic. He was transferred to the 770th squadron. He was moved to an Army Air Base in Salt Lake City, which was part of the 18th Replacement Wing of the Second Air Force. He did not serve overseas, but served on the state side. He went to B-29 school. In April 1946 Johns was given an honorable discharge. Johns attended Washington State College and graduated in 1950 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He married Verna Larsen on September 29, 1951. They had four kids: Marie, Luci, Robert, and Karen. Johns died on September 29th, 2004.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945
    United States. Army. Air Corps.
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Homefront
    United States. Army.
    Johns, Marie