Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox.
Collection number: BLC-CR03
Title: Frank Baird Collection
Dates: 1942-1945, bulk 1943-1944
Extent: .25 linear feet 16 Letters
Baird was promoted from Corporal to Lieutenant in 1944. He trained in Tallahassee, Florida; his battalion is sent to China in 1944. Notes.
Collection Scope and Content
This collection contains 16 letters, photographs, and documents by and about U.S. Army Lieutenant Frank Baird (created 1942-45) and mailed to the U. S. from the Pacific Theater specifically Hawaii, China, and Calcutta, India. Baird served as a flight leader. Letters address Baird’s training in Tallahassee and family issues focusing strongly on his relationship with his fiancée, Eddie. His letters address the role of military censors and the slowness of mail delivery. One letter notes the location of his battalion in China as “fifty miles northeast of Kunming” (the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province in Southwestern China). Others make note of holidays and U.S.O. entertainment. Six accompanying photos are of Baird, Baird with army buddies, and family members. The collection also includes family documents such as Baird’s elementary school report card. One letter notes his residence within the 26th Fighter Squadron until March 22, 1945, when he joined the 341st Bomb Group.
Arranged roughly chronologically.
001 Pictures and miscellaneous
002 July 3, 1942-Aug. 11, 1944
003 Sept. 7-Nov. 3, 1944
004 Nov. 12, 1944-Sept. 10, 1945