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Fee (William) Second World War Correspondence
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  • Preferred Citation
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: William Fee Second World War Correspondence
    source: Fee, George
    Identifier/Call Number: 2014.050.w.r
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1946
    Physical Description: Letters are in good condition. Some have light pencil markings, written by the donor, during the postwar years.
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence by William "Bill" Fee PFC (privite first class) and his parents, Dwight and Lucille Fee, during his service with the United States Army, 11th Armored Division, during World War II.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries
    Container: 1-2
    Container: WWII 3

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title], William Fee World War Two correspondence (2014.050.w.r), Center for American War Letters, Chapman University, CA.

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the Fee family.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains 892 letters and correspondence from William "Bill" Fee and his parents, Dwight and Lucille Fee, during his service with the United States Army, 11th Armored Division, during World War II. Letters between William and his father make up the bulk of this collection, however this collection also includes letters from Dwight Fee, written to William's commanding officers and higher ranking military brass.
    In William's letters, he writes about his daily experiences training for combat and his life in the Army. William also takes time to answer multiple questionnaires from his father, concerning many aspects of life in the service. Topics include weapons, tactics, supplies, uniforms and training routines.
    William was wounded on March 6, 1945, when a nearby land mine exploded, while advancing his light machinegun up a hill, at night. He sustained a half-dozen slight wounds and one major wound in the groin, from shrapnel. He received treatment in England and at the Woodrow Wilson hospital, in Virginia. He was discharged from the hospital on September 20, 1945, but did not return to active duty.
    Included in this collection is a transcription of a retrospective diary, written by William Fee, titled "With the Eleventh Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge". In this diary, Fee gives a detailed account of his experience as a PFC (private first class), in the light machine gun squad of the 55th Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. This diary recounts the Ardennes campaign, December 1944 through January 1945. The diary focuses on the 11th Armored Divisions time in combat and provides some additional details of William’s military deployment.


    The William Fee World War Two correspondence collection is arranged by material type, author and recipient, in chronological order.
    Series 1, Correspondence from William Fee (1943 - 1945)
    Series 2, Correspondence to William Fee (1943 - 1945)
    Series 3, Correspondence to Dwight Fee (1945)
    Series 4, Miscellaneous papers and documents (1943 - 1946)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945
    World War II
    Fee, Dwight -- Correspondence
    Fee, George
    Fee, William -- Correspondence
    Fee, Lucille -- Correspondence