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Doyle W. Howdyshell letters

Doyle W. Howdyshell letters, 1952-1954
Doyle W. Howdyshell letters
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  • Letters, 1952-1954, written between Doyle W. Howdyshell (b. 1932) while he was serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in South Korea, and his wife Esther Elizabeth (Beard) Howdyshell (1933-2014) who was residing in Fort Defiance and Dayton in Augusta County, Virginia. There are also letters written to him by his father Luther W. Howdyshell (1905-1997) and step-mother Cleta Blanche (Curry) Howdyshell (1902-1996), also of Augusta County. The letters begin while Howdyshell is in basic training at Fort Meade, Maryland and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The majority, however, are written while he was stationed near Seoul, South Korea with the 568th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company, as part of the 59th Ordnance Group
  • Topics include weather, health, mail deliveries, farming activities, visits with family and friends, attending religious services and other church activities, finances, family relations, and Esther's pregnancy and the birth of their son James William Howdyshell (b. 1953). Howdyshell writes about his military training, passes and furloughs, health, weather, inspections, guard duty, and loneliness and homesickness. There is a 34-page letter written by him in the form of a diary while he was sailing from the United States to Japan aboard the transport ship Marine Lynx. There is a good deal of information concerning his duties as a carburator and ignition shop mechanics with the 568th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company. Other subjects include armistice talks and rumors of peace, sightseeing, a trip to the front lines, their life after his return home, his promotion to corporal, and his impending discharge from military service
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Doyle W. Howdyshell was born on 10 February 1932. He is the son of Luther W. Howdyshell (1905-1997) and Cora Edna Minnick (1908-1940) of Augusta County, Virginia. He served with the 568th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company in Seoul during the Korean War. On 3 August 1952, he married Esther Elizabeth Beard (1933-2014). She was the daughter of Gleaves C. Beard, Jr. (1903-1955) and Lois Menita Landes (1906-1969).
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Doyle W. Howdyshell letters
BOX 1: 1952 (October 7 - December 11). BOX 2: 1952 (12-31 December) - 1953 (1 January - 31 May). BOX 3: 1953 (1 June - 21 July). BOX 4: 1953 (22 July - 9 September). BOX 5: 1953 (10 September - 31 October). BOX 6: 1953 (1 November - 31 December). BOX 7: 1954 (1 January - 15 March). BOX 8: 1954 (16 March - 16 May). BOX 9: 1954 (17 May - 11 July). BOX 10: 1954 (12 July - 29 August).
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Immediate source of acquisition
Abbott, Tim
Type of unit
cu. ft. (10 boxes)

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