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Dickinson family letters

Dickinson family letters, 1944-1945
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World War II Letters between Alfred James Dickinson, III, and Elsie Vick Mattingly Dickinson
Compilation, "World War II Letters Between Alfred James Dickinson, III, and Elsie Vick Mattingly Dickinson," contains letters, 1944-1945, between Alfred (1916-2000) and Elsie (1918-2005) Dickinson of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia, discussing Alfred's military training at Marine Base Quantico (Virginia) and Marine Air Depot Miramar (California) and his military duties while stationed on Guam; Elsie's pregnancy and the birth of their son; news of family and friends on the homefront and in the military, including Robert S. McNamara (1916-2009); as well as news about the war efforts against Japan and Germany. Letters also discuss their home in Henrico County, books they have read, and movies they have seen. Alfred Dickinson also comments about playing tennis and watching matches of tennis professionals in the marines and the navy, including Don Budge (1915-2000) and Bobby Riggs (1918-1995)
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Alfred James Dickinson, III, was born in Eufaula, Alabama, in 1916, and moved with his family to Newport News, Virginia, while a boy. Dickinson attended Newport News Schools, then the University of Richmond, where he was a star athlete. Dickinson graduated in 1937, then attended Harvard Business School. After graduating from Harvard, he settled in Richmond, Virginia, and worked for the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company. When the United States entered World War II, he became a special agent for the FBI, then an air intelligence officer for the Marine Corps. After the war, he returned to the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company and rose to the position of vice-president. Dickinson then became vice-president for sales with the Freeport Sulpher Company, then executive vice-president for W. R. Brown, Inc. In 1963, he began his own real estate company, Alfred J. Dickinson Realtors, Inc. Dickinson died 31 December 2000. He married Elsie Vick Mattingly, 21 March 1942, and they had four children. Elsie Vick Mattingly was born 25 November 1918. She was active in Richmond area women's organizations. Elsie Vick Mattingly Dickinson died 19 November 2005. Both Dickinsons were buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
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Dickinson family letters
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Dickinson, Paul Mattingly, Jr.
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