Humphrey family World War II papers
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.
- circa 1857-1949
Access to Materials
Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.
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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.
0.5 Linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Swann Galleries, 2014.
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Postcards Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army
- World War, 1914-1918 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Humphrey family World War II papers, RHC-86
- Special Collections & University Archives
- January 2015
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