Guide to the Ralph Slade Collection, 1942-1945

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.

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Randall J. Cushing Collection

Collection Contents


001        July 22-Dec. 13, 1943
002        Jan. 10, 1944-Nov. 17, 1945