Gerald S. Thompson correspondence

Abstract

The Gerald S. Thompson correspondence (dated 1943-1968, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters written by Gerald S. Thompson of Clark County, Kentucky, to his girlfriend, Harryette Rupard, documenting his service in the United States, Italy, and France with Company A, 550th Airborne Infantry in World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Gerald S. Thompson correspondence
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945
Love-letters
Soldiers -- Correspondence
Soldiers -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Scott Kenkel
Preferred Citation
2009ms195: Gerald S. Thompson correspondence, 1943-1968, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Gerald S. Thompson (circa 1915-circa 1988), from Clark County, Kentucky, was a Staff Sergeant in Company A of the 550th Airborne Infantry during World War Two. His unit was based in Maxton Army Air in North Carolina and deployed to Europe in June, 1944. It took part in the Allied invasion of Southern France and the Battle of Bulge in 1944. Thompson was hospitalized after the Battle of the Bulge for frostbite or trenchfoot and did not return to the front.
Thompson's girlfriend, Harryette Rupard of Richmond, Kentucky, became a cadet nurse in 1944 and then lived in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Scope and Content
The Gerald S. Thompson correspondence (dated 1943-1968, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters written by Gerald S. Thompson of Clark County, Kentucky, to his girlfriend, Harryette Rupard, documenting his service in the United States, Italy, and France with Company A, 550th Airborne Infantry in World War II. The letters mostly deal with Thompson's feelings for Rupard, whom he calls Duchess, but also include descriptions of daily life as a soldier. Thompson's letters to Harryette cover Thompson's experience in the Battle of the Bulge, and a foot injury (frostbite or trenchfoot) he suffered. The subsequent letters detail his stays in military hospitals throughout Europe and eventually in North Carolina. In addition there are two letters adressed to Harryette, now Harryette Sosbee, from 1967-68.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

1943 October 27-November 19

  • Box 1, folder 1
To top

1943 November 21-December 31

  • Box 1, folder 2
To top

1944 January 1-March 26

  • Box 1, folder 3
To top

1944 April 1-December 27

  • Box 1, folder 4
To top

1945 January-July 9

  • Box 1, folder 5
To top

1967-1968, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
To top

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Requests

No items have been requested.