Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox.
Collection number: BLC-CR23
Title: Ralph Slade Collection, 1942-1945
Dates: 1942-1945, bulk 1943
Extent: .25 linear feet 63 letters
Collection Scope and Content
The collection contains 63 letters and one V-mail dated from U.S. Army S/SGT Ralph L. Slade (created 1943-1945). The correspondents are addressed to Mr. & Mrs. A.A. Slade of Terre Haute, Indiana. The letters themselves state this as the location of his mother, father and sister. A woman named Willa of Arkansas is spoken of in multiple letters. Willa receives the only photo of S/SGT Slade that he was able to take while stationed in the Philippines. While stationed in Australia, S/SGT Slade sees roo (kangaroo) and visits Crosby Park. S/SGT Slade is also is stationed in the Philippines and visits Manila with the fellows where they watch a baseball game. Most of the letters address S/SGT Slade simply saying hi, letting them know he's alive, references to his home town, and the soldiers having their ration of beer with supper. In his later letters, S/SGT Slade addresses his status of being selected to be sent home based on the U.S Army point system.
Arranged roughly chronologically.
001 July 22-Dec. 13, 1943
002 Jan. 10, 1944-Nov. 17, 1945