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Gilbert Vinton Hallock letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-106

Content Description

Collection contains 64 letters written by A/T Gilbert Vinton Hallock, 63rd College Training Detachment (Aircrew) to his parents Robert Palmer and Mildred Hallock at Worcester, Massachusetts, 29 May to 25 August 1944. These were addressed from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and subsequently from Columbus Army Airfield in Columbus, Mississippi. He was also a member of the unit's marching band where he played bells.

Contents generally describe various aspects of the flight training program, fellow air cadets, hijinks, rumors of transfers and postings, assignments in the kitchen as well as guard duty, leisure activities off the post that include meeting young women, and a heat wave in Knoxville. Frequently mentioned are communications received from friends and relatives, both at home in Worcester as well as others in the armed services. Considerable discussion is given to a plan to obtain a furlough by fraudulent means, i.e. alleging that his mother is seriously ill.

Among the names often mentioned are: Wy Thomas (Worcester?); Betty Taylor (Worcester); Bill Brennan (Bangor, Maine; 1925-1996); Gilbert's uncle Francis L. Smith ("Smitty" 1913-1992), 53rd Antiaircraft Artillery, Hawaii; Joyce Whitehead (Worcester, b. 1929); Barbara Ann Witham (1925-1986; daughter of Henry B. Witham, Dean of the College of Law, University of Tennessee, Knoxville).


  • 1944


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.

Biographical Note

Gilbert Vinton Hallock was born on 23 October 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts. His parents were Robert Palmer Hallock, Sr. (1894-1956) and Mildred Estelle Amidon Hallock (1895-1985); he had one sibling, Robert Palmer Hallock, Jr. (1916-1993). In 1953 Gilbert Vinton Hallock married Eleanor Marion Sjogren (1927-2014) who also lived in Worcester and was a member of the same church, First Baptist Church of Worcester. They had three children: Peter B. (1954-1987), Candyce (b. 1958), and Jason P. (b. 1959).

Gilbert Vinton Hallock enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 30 November 1943 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts; attended University of Tennessee under the USAAC Aviation Cadet program (63rd College Training Detachment, Aircrew) and at the Army Airfield in Columbus, Misssissippi in 1944; served as navigator, and received honorable discharge in 1945.

His education after the war included an A.B. Harvard University, 1950; and an M.D. Tufts University, 1954.

He reenlisted in U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1950, serving as administrative, personnel, and information officer in numerous positions at Flight, Squadron, Group, and Wing Headquarters' levels with the Continental Air Command and Strategic Air Command. Graduate of Defense Information School, Air Command and Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Extension Course Institute, Air University. Served as USAF Medical Services liaison officer to University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, Mass. Was special assistant to the Air Force Surgeon General, Washington, DC, from 1966-1972. Served as deputy chief 1972-1973, and chief 1973-1974, Office of Secretary of Air Force in the Pentagon.

He retired in 1985 with rank of colonel, after serving more than 37 years in the military. Awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass (2), Reserve Officers Association of the United States, and Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

His medical career included corporate physician, medical director and director of Professional Services, Astra Pharmaceutical Products, Inc., Miles Laboratories, Lederle Laboratories Division and American Cyanamid Company. He died 26 November 2003 in Worcester, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


0.24 Linear feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on eBay from Schott Tohn, 2016.
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Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
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Allendale MI 49401 United States