Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Noel Trahern papers

Abstract

The Noel Trahern papers (dated 1944-1966; 0.37 cubic feet; 14 folders) comprise diaries and materials that document the military service of his service during World War II and later in the Army and Air Force.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Noel Trahern papers
Creator
Trahern, Noel, 1915-1977
Extent
0.37 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Veterans -- Alcohol use -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Alaska -- Aleutian Islands.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0099: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Noel Trahern papers, 1944-1966, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Noel Trahern (1915-1977) was born in Oklahoma to William T. Trahern (1891-1971) and Lou Ann Christopher (1889-1974). He was drafted into the U.S. Army on March 11, 1941 and reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma the same day. Initially, he was assigned to D Battery, 29th Artillery Battalion before being transferred to the 57th Field Artillery at Fort Ord, California. He participated in the Aleutian Campaign in 1943 but did not see combat. After a brief stay in Honolulu, his unit sailed for the Marshal Islands but remained there for only six days before sailing back to Hawaii. After stopping in the Admiralties, his unit participated in the invasion of Leyte, Philippine Islands on October 20, 1944. He received a citation for a Bronze Star Medal for his actions during the invasion of Leyte. After the war, on July 30, 1946, he reenlisted as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force and spent the next fifteen years serving overseas and in the States at various air bases as an engine mechanic specializing in the P-51 and the B-47. He was married on three separate occasions and suffered from alcoholism, for which he was hospitalized several times.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Noel Trahern papers (dated 1944-1966; 0.37 cubic feet; 14 folders) comprise diaries and materials that document the military service of his service during World War II and later in the Army and Air Force. There are three diaries that detail Trahern's experiences serving in the Army in World War II, predominantly in the Pacific Theatre. Additionally, there are two folders documenting his health issues and experiences at a VA hospital, and two folders containing awards, certificates, and citations he received during his military service.
The Noel Trahern papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Access to the medical records in this collection is restricted until 2027.
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

World War II diary, 1944 May 10-October 19

  • Box 60, folder 1
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World War II diary, 1944 October 20-1945 March 31

  • Box 60, folder 2
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World War II diary, 1945 June 26-October 4

  • Box 60, folder 3
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Medical records DD 742 file, 1950-1961

  • Box WH-R1, folder 1
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Narrative of V.A. hospital care, 1961-1966

  • Box 60, folder 4
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Awards, certificates, and copies of orders, undated

  • Box 60, folder 5-6
  • Box 59, folder 1
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Photographs, 1942, 1957

  • Box 59, item 1-6
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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.

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