Vietnam Era Letter

Source: William and Harry Whittaker Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #1293

Staff Member: Nanette Hardison

Description: The image featured below is of a letter dated November 9, 1964 and is written by William “Billy” Whittaker to his parents, John and Barbara Theo Whittaker. The letter is among the papers by William and Harry Whittaker; two brothers who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam years (1964-1968). The collection, which consists of both letters and images, describe the activities of army life experienced by both William and Harry.

William Whittaker’s letter is notable for he writes about guard duty that he was assigned to do. It is also of particular interest that he makes mention of a friend being sent to the stockade. As he puts it, “…he just seemed to go all to pieces…” as a way to explain what happened to his friend.

This collection is definitely invaluable since we have only a few collections that give any insight on the Vietnam War era.  The William and Harry Whittaker Papers are definitely worth a look for any people who have an interest for this period in American history.

WWI Era Letter

Source: James G. Raby Papers, Manuscript Collection #317

Staff Person: Nanette Hardison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The James G. Raby Papers consists of handwritten letters from James G. Raby; a physician from Leggett, North Carolina who served as a 2nd Lieutenant during World War I. This particular letter dated October 8, 1918 is one written by him to his sweetheart and it contains a description of the influenza epidemic that occurred in Rocky Mount and Tarboro (1918-1919).

 

Postcard to Edward Cyrus Winslow

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Source: E.C. Winslow Collection, EC Manuscript Collection #1174

Staff Person: Nanette Hardison

Description:  The E. C. Winslow Collection (#1174) contains a variety of postcards. Among them is this funny postcard sent by Corporal John Pittman to E.C. (Edward Cyrus) Winslow. It is from the year 1944 and was sent from Camp Polk, Louisiana. This collection is definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in the World War II era and in postcards. Persons who want to get additional information on this item can go to https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/findingaids/1174

 

Anniversary Program

CollectionJesse Rountree Moye Papers, MC #1111

Staff Member: Nanette Hardison

The image below is of a program for an event held on May 27, 1932 in Farmville, North Carolina. This event celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of Farmville,  the bicentennial of the  birth of George Washington, the marking of the Old Plank Road and the memory of Alfred Moye. Shown below is the program for the event which included a number of local speakers.

 

WWI Draft Notice

Source: Roy S. Fisk Papers, #1209

Staff Person: Nanette Hardison

The draft notice shown here that is dated June 17, 1918, was issued to Roy S. Fisk to induct him into the United States military service. The notice informs Fisk that he is to report to his local draft board on June 26, 1918. Fisk served during the latter half of World War I as an Army cook with Company C, 131st Engineers, American Expeditionary Forces and was stationed in Le Mans, France.