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Humphrey family World War II papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-86
Collection contains correspondence and personal papers of Frederick G. Humphrey and William F. Humphrey, Jr. relating primarily to their military service during World War II. Also included are photographs of the twins as boys and in their uniforms. The collection also contains additional family papers including a diary with entries dating from 1942-1943 from the twins' first cousin, Eloise Jennifer Humphrey and World War I era post cards to their aunt, Pearl (Humphrey) Keene, from her future husband, Guy Keene.

Dates

  • circa 1857-1949

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note

Frederick G. Humphrey was born on February 7, 1923 in Missouri along with his fraternal twin brother William F. Humphrey, Jr. to Isabelle (MacDonald) and William F. Humphrey, Sr. Frederick served as a paratrooper during World War II in the 82nd Airborne Division, and was killed in action in the Netherlands in 1944 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. William F. Humphrey, Jr. also served in the Army, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was severely wounded during battle and was also awarded a Purple Heart.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Swann Galleries, 2014.
Title
Humphrey family World War II papers, RHC-86
Author
Special Collections & University Archives
Date
January 2015
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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