Register of the James Conrad Myers letters

Finding aid prepared by Theresa Berger
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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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.


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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996.


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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.


Biographical File, 1943

Box/Folder 1 : 1

High school commencement announcement, 1943 June 15


Correspondence, 1943-1949

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters from Myers to general recipients (neighbors, female correspondents), his parents, and other family members. Letters cover Myers' basic training in California in 1943 through his deployment and return home to Cincinnati in 1945. The series also includes a letter from Myers to his parents announcing his wedding plans in 1949.

Sent, 1943-1949


General, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 1 : 2-3

1944 August, October

Box/Folder 1 : 4

1945 June

Box/Folder 1 : 5



Parents, 1943-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 6-10

1943 July-December

Box/Folder 1 : 11-17, 2 : 1-5


Box/Folder 2 : 6-14, 3 : 1-3


Box/Folder 3 : 4

1949 August

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Received, 1945


Collected Correspondence, 1945

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters from Myers' sister, Jean, and brother, Gene (Eugene), to their parents. Both individuals describe their travels during the war, as well as their post-war plans. Also contains copy of a memo from Japanese General Yasuji Okamura to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek on negotiations for the surrender of Japanese troops in China, dated 1945 August 17.
Box/Folder 3 : 6-8

Letters, 1945 June-August

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Memo, 1945 August


Printed Matter, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 10

Clipping, undated

Scope and Contents note

News clipping of "Birds of a Feather" from "The Sad Sack" cartoon series by Sergeant George Baker, circa 1943-1945.

Photograph, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 11

James Conrad Myers in uniform, undated