Paul Douglas Aton Collection, 1948-1991

Descriptive Summary

Paul Douglas Aton Collection, 1948-1991
Aton, Paul Douglass, 1948-1968
1/2 box, 8 folders, 87 items.
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Paul Douglas Aton, only child of Loyd Simpson Aton and Roberta Patricia Townsend Aton (1916-1955), was born in El Paso, Texas, on October 9, 1948. After attending Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky, Paul enlisted in the United States Army at Nashville, Tennessee, on October 25, 1967. Completing basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in January 1968, Paul trained at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Arriving in Vietnam in April 1968, Paul studied Viet Cong tactics and maneuvers at the 199th Light Infantry Brigade's Training Center REDCATCHER. Serving as radiophone operator for the Forward Artillery Observation Officer with the Headquarters and Service Battery, Second Battalion, 40th Artillery, Paul drowned under combat conditions on July 29, 1968. After a full military funeral at the gravesite on August 10, 1968, interment occurred at the Hebron Cemetery, Graves County, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of fifteen letters received by Paul's father, Loyd Simp- son Aton, after his arrival at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in November 1967 until nine days prior to his death on July 29, 1968. Telegrams and letters, 1968 (21), detail the information the family received following Paul's death. Related materials include certificates for the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, photographs, military papers and published army regulations.

Contents of the Collection

Biographical data, inventory and separation sheet.

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letters to his father, Loyd Aton of Franklin, Kentucky; one letter to friend, Lonnie Powers, May 17, 1968. 16 items. Nov. 9, 1967-July 20, 1968, n.d.

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letters and telegrams received by Loyd Aton concerning his son's death; two letters re: Paul's basic training and work as Colonel's orderly. 24 items. Nov. 9, 1967, Feb. 23, 1968, July 30, 1968-Dec. 4, 1968 n.d.

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Photographs and certificates. 5 items. Jan. 12, 1968-Sept. 19, 1968, n.d.

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Certificates and newsclippings re: Paul, his mother and Simpson County War Memorial. 10 items. 1948, 1955, 1968, 1989, 1991.

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Military papers: scores, equipment requisitions, etc. 19 items. June 10, 1967-March 20, 1968, n.d.

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Funeral book and U.S. Army publications. 7 items. 1964-1968.

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Miscellaneous. 6 items. 1967-1968.

  • Box 1, folder 8
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