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  • Title: James Conrad Myers letters
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1949
    Collection Number: 96013
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Letters to family members relating to American military operations in China and India during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Myers, James Conrad, 1924-1986.


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Conrad Myers letters, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1924 October 10 Born in Anaheim, California
    1943 June 15 Graduated from Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
    1943 July - December Stationed at Camp Callan, California
    1944 January - March Stationed at Fort Ord, California
    1944 March 5 Deployed to Pacific Theater out of Long Beach, California; ports of call included Perth, Australia and Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
    1944 March - May Stationed at Camp Angus (Calcutta, India) as Army private
    1944 May 29 Transferred to Kunming Province, China, as a radio operator with the 993rd Signal Service Company
    1944 May - December Stationed in Kunming Province, China, and various parts of the Indo-China border
    1944 December Promoted to Technician 5 with the 245th Signal Operation Company, China Combat Command
    1945 January - October Stationed in various provinces along the Indo-China border, including 2 months with the 18th Army Division
    1945 October Relieved of duty; departed from Calcutta, India, to return to the U.S.
    1945 December 30 Returned to his hometown near Cincinnati, Ohio, as a civilian
    1949 Married Elna (maiden name unknown)
    1986 September 14 Died in Burlingame, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The James Conrad Myers letters consist of letters (accompanied by cartoons, sketches, and portraits in pencil and water color of Myers, acquaintances, and various locations), postcards, a photograph, and clippings related to American military operations in China and India during World War II. Also includes a copy of a memo from Japanese General Yasuji Okamura to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek on negotiations for the surrender of Japanese forces in China on August 17, 1945.
    The majority of the letters in the collection are to Myers' parents and detail his daily routine as a radio operator and Technician 5 with the 993rd Signal Service Company along the Indo-China border. While he does not describe any combat experience in his letters, Myers does give detailed accounts of base operations. He also includes a number of sketches and illustrations of his travels, as well as portraits of relatives and acquaintances back home. The collection is notable for its level of detail and fullness, and it contains nearly one letter for every month of the war from July 1943 to December 1945.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Army. Signal Service Company, 993rd.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--China.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--India.