John Adams Walters, Jr. papers

Abstract

The John Adams Walters, Jr. papers (dated 1933-1968; 0.71 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consists of diaries, correspondence, programs, certificates, photographs, a scrapbook, newspapers, and notes, which document Walters' service in World War II as well as his later career and interests.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Adams Walters, Jr. papers
Extent
0.71 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Deirdre A. Scaggs
Preferred Citation
2012ms606: [identification of item], John Adams Walters Jr. papers, 1933-1968, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Adams Walters Jr. was born May 14, 1915, in Madison County, Kentucky, to John Walters Sr. and Jennie Mable Easter. Following in the footsteps of his father, John became a lockmaster on the Kentucky River at Boonesboro after his father's retirement. On June 16, 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 480th Engineer Maintenance Company during World War II in the European theater. John Adams Walters, Sr. was reinstated as lockmaster until his son returned from the war in 1946 to assume the lockmaster position. He was married to Delphia Robinson Walters; they had three children; Marion, Barbara, and John A. Walters, III.
Walters was an advocate for the development of Fort Boonesborough into a National Park. He also served as a director for Blue Grass Boys State and was a honorary member of Boys Town as well as the Booneborough Lion's Club.
John Walters Jr. passed away on November 12, 1975 in Fayette County, Kentucky and is buried in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
Scope and Content
The John Adams Walters, Jr. papers (dated 1933-1968; 0.71 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consists of diaries, correspondence, programs, certificates, photographs, a scrapbook, newspapers, and notes, which document Walters' service in World War II as well as his later career and interests. Walters wrote the two handwritten diaries during World War II, beginning in New York City awaiting deployment to England. The diaries describe Walter's daily activities and thoughts.
The papers contain several letters between John A. Walters, Jr., his family, and friends during his European deployment. Additional items of note include two postcards depicting Boonesborough National Park; commencement programs from Walters' high school; and John A. Walters, Jr.'s Army Mechanical certification.
There are 96 photographs depicting Walters' army training, deployment, work as lockmaster on the Kentucky River, family members, and Fort Boonesborough National Park. Also included is a 20 page scrapbook containing photos also depicting Walters Jr.'s army experience.

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

Diaries, 1942-1944

Diary, 1942 March 26-June 16

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Diary, 1943 August 25-1944 January 31

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Diary, 1944 February 1-June 20

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1940 March-1945, undated

Postcard to Mrs. John Walters, 1940 March

  • Box 1, folder 4
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John A. Walters, Jr. letter to Mr. John A. Walters, Sr., 1943 December 15

  • Box 1, folder 5
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John A. Walters, Jr. letter to Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Stagg, 1944 April 29

  • Box 1, folder 6
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John A. Walters, Jr. letter to Miss Alice Walters, 1945 April 18

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Boonesboro Beach on Kentucky River postcards, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Programs, certificates, newspapers, and notes, 1933-1968

Whitehall high school commencement program, 1933

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Holabird Ordinance General Automotive Mechanics Certificate for John A. Walters, Jr., 1942 August 24-November 13

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Army Services Forces New York Port of Embarkation, 1945 November 19

  • Box 1, folder 11
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U.S. Army Separation Qualification Record, 1945 November 30

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Certificates of Honor for John A. Walters III, 1947-1948

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Certificates of Attendance for John A. Walters III, 1948 February 11-March 10

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Boys Town Certificate J.A. Walters, Jr. , 1956 December 25

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Presidential Certificate Awarded to John A. Walters, Jr., undated

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Kilmer Eagle newspaper, 1945 November 23

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Newspaper articles on John A. Walters, Jr. and Boonesboro Park, 1968-1975

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Daily Notes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Photographs, 1943, undated

Army Portrait Bloom Photographers, undated

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Jack Dempsey's Bar and Lounge photograph, undated

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Staff Sgt. Miller, Baltimore, MD, undated

  • Box 2, item 1
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Group photograph of soldiers on porch, undated

  • Box 2, item 2
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Herbert Macom with group of men, undated

  • Box 2, item 3
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Army base, undated

  • Box 2, item 4
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Soldiers overlooking ocean, undated

  • Box 2, item 5
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Ship profile, undated

  • Box 2, item 6
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Ship deck lifeboats, undated

  • Box 2, item 7
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Soldiers on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 8
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Soldiers sitting on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 9
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Overhead view soldiers on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 10
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Ship steam funnels, undated

  • Box 2, item 11
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Soldiers sitting on ship deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 13
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Ship at dock, undated

  • Box 2, item 14
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Ship stern with American flag, undated

  • Box 2, item 15
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Soldier wearing life jacket on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 16
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Soldiers reading on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 17
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Fighter jet overhead, undated

  • Box 2, item 18
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Soldiers watching fighter jet, undated

  • Box 2, item 19
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Soldiers cheering fighter jet, undated

  • Box 2, item 20
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Empty ship deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 21
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Walkway onto ship, undated

  • Box 2, item 22
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Soldiers at ship railing, undated

  • Box 2, item 23
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Soldiers in coats on deck, undated

  • Box 2, item 24
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Electric pole at army camp, undated

  • Box 2, item 25
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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 2, item 26
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Man in jacket, undated

  • Box 2, item 27
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Two men, undated

  • Box 2, item 28
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Two men in yard, undated

  • Box 2, item 29
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Man outside warehouse, undated

  • Box 2, item 30
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Group of men outside cabin, undated

  • Box 2, item 31
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Group of men under tree, undated

  • Box 2, item 32
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Man in front of full truck bed, undated

  • Box 2, item 33
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Man by truck wheels, undated

  • Box 2, item 34
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Man in jeep, undated

  • Box 2, item 35
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Two men in jeep, undated

  • Box 2, item 36
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Army trucks, undated

  • Box 2, item 37
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480th Maintenance Co. sign, undated

  • Box 2, item 38
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Stockyard and warehouses, undated

  • Box 2, item 39
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Barracks with chairs outside, undated

  • Box 2, item 40
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Stockyard, undated

  • Box 2, item 41
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Street , undated

  • Box 2, item 42
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Man with dog, undated

  • Box 2, item 43
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Dog on bucket shelf, undated

  • Box 2, item 44
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Stockyard with countryside, undated

  • Box 2, item 45
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Crane and trucks close up, undated

  • Box 2, item 46
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Crane and trucks , undated

  • Box 2, item 47
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Mechanics in warehouse, undated

  • Box 2, item 48
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Mechanical equipment in warehouse, undated

  • Box 2, item 49
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Church day blue army maneuvers, 1943

  • Box 2, item 50
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Lt. Way and Lt. Mocoho straightening up, undated

  • Box 2, item 51
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En route N.C. to Tenn. French branch river, undated

  • Box 2, item 52
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En route N. Carolina to Tenn., 1943

  • Box 2, item 53
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Morning exercises Pvt. McKinley, 1943

  • Box 2, item 54
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Old Betsy 20 caliber machine gun, 1943

  • Box 2, item 55
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Goldbricks wartrace, Tenn., undated

  • Box 2, item 56
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Scene of concentration camp at Germany, undated

  • Box 2, item 57
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Negative of Kentucky river lock system, undated

  • Box 2, item 58
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Negative river lock, undated

  • Box 2, item 59
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Negative girl in chair, undated

  • Box 2, item 60
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Negative high water river, undated

  • Box 2, item 61
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Negative lock waterfall, undated

  • Box 2, item 62
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Negative lock walkway, undated

  • Box 2, item 63
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Negative lock waterfall and boat, undated

  • Box 2, item 64
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Negative lock waterfall sideview, undated

  • Box 2, item 65
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Negative boy and girl in halloween costumes, undated

  • Box 2, item 66
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Negative boy in cowboy costume, undated

  • Box 2, item 67
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Negative boy and girl in costumes, undated

  • Box 2, item 68
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Negative boy and man with fish, undated

  • Box 2, item 69
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Negative house along river, undated

  • Box 2, item 70
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Negative lock waterfall, undated

  • Box 2, item 71
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Negative submerged trees in river, undated

  • Box 2, item 72
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Negative rock waterfall with trees, undated

  • Box 2, item 73
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Man with fish, undated

  • Box 2, item 74
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Ferry at river dock, undated

  • Box 2, item 75
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View of dock from ferry, undated

  • Box 2, item 76
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River lock, undated

  • Box 2, item 77
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River waterfall, undated

  • Box 2, item 78
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River dam and waterfall, undated

  • Box 2, item 79
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Interior lock, undated

  • Box 2, item 80
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Tug boat, undated

  • Box 2, item 81
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River ferry, undated

  • Box 2, item 82
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Chenoka ferry, undated

  • Box 2, item 83
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Ferry at dock, undated

  • Box 2, item 84
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Two men gymnastics on beach, undated

  • Box 2, item 85
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Group photograph on porch, undated

  • Box 2, item 86
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Man on river lock, undated

  • Box 3, item 87
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Two men and boy on porch, undated

  • Box 3, item 88
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River lock and hillside, undated

  • Box 3, item 89
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School photograph of boy, undated

  • Box 3, item 90
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School photograph of boy, undated

  • Box 4, item 91
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School photograph of boy and girl, undated

  • Box 4, item 92
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480th company engineers group photograph, undated

  • Box 4, item 93
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Gov. Carroll, J. Walters, and marine counselor of KY boys, 1975 June

  • Box 2, item 94
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Scrapbook, 1943, undated

Man with wheelbarrow, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Men with wheelbarrows, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Men digging ditch, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Men posing with shovels, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Men with wheelbarrows, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Man running at camera, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Man next to car, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Men riding in car, undated

  • Box 5, folder 1
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John A. Walters, Jr. army salute, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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John A. Walters, Jr. army uniform, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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John A. Walters, Jr. army uniform tennis court, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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John A. Walters, Jr. and man in uniform, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Me and my shadow Joe Tingle and John A. Walters, Jr., undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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The Captain approaching J. Spine and John A. Walters, Jr., undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Two men in army uniforms, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Man in cap on corner, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Sidewinder J. Spine, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Break convoy N.C.-Tenn., undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Break en route convoy, 1943 April

  • Box 5, folder 3
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French broad river enroute N.C.-Tenn., undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Capt. l. Frederick Commander, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Approaching mountains enroute to Tenn., undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Sgt. Gust, Pvt. Knapp, 1943 April

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Dam in Tenn., 1943 April

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Lake in Tenn. on move, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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First Sgt. Meyes, Col. Emigh, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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P.F.C. Howard 'Mac' MacKacken, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Pvt. McKinley bivouac arena, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Run, japs, run P.F.C. Magone, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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P.F.C. Clarence Murdough should have stayed in his fox hole, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Tarzan Pvt. McKinley, mission accomplished, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Cabbage foxhole, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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P.F.C. Lister writing home in style, 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Sgt. Hollingseed our bath maneuvers, Tenn., undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Sgt. Grant, Cpl. Dank, 1943 April

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Chinese laundry maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Barber day Cpl. Algerio, Sgt. Giles, 1943

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Expert camouflage P.F.C. Magonone, Pvt. McKinnley, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Cpl. Lee writing home, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Maganone taking a rest, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Mac rounding up maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Our bath Cpl. Young, unidentified, John A. Walters, Jr. Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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P.F.C. Maganone the final touch Shelbyville, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Sgt. Nelson pop, foxholes again, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Mac relaxing digging foxhole near Nashville, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Blurry photo, two men bathing in river, undated

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Pvt. Maganone daily bath, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Testing outboard motors, Lt. Scott and John A. Walters, Jr., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Sgt. Grantz cutting maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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The village smithy's maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Mac siesta maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Wrecked truck, Cpl. Lee, Pvt. McKinley, John A. Walters, Jr., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Cpl. Hanna Greenhorn, John A. Walters, Jr. maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Part of gang goldbricking maneuvers, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Wrecked truck before final finishing, 1943

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Cpl. Lee welding, John A. Walters, Jr., undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Cpl. Lee arcing damage, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Working on wrecked truck P.F.C. Howard MacMacken, John A. Walters, Jr., undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Mac welding wrecked truck, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Working on wrecked truck, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Working on wrecked truck, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Pvt. Maganone at the arc, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 6
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P.F.C. Maganone doing his bit welding, Tenn., 1943

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Chapel #1 Amarillo field, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Chapel #2 Amarillo field, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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H. Van Dan Dog and his pay $1.68, 1942 December 31

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Celebrating New Year's Eve, 1942 December 31

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Barracks 913, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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John A. Walters, Jr. my second pay, 1942 December 31

  • Box 5, folder 6
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New Year's Eve and no pass, 1942 December 31

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Steamliner, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Steamliner, again, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Huntingdon, St. Peter's Hill, England, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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St. Peters Hill, England, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Europa, steamliner, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Sighted sinkers, sank same American Red Cross postcard, Great Britain, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Fueling up! American Red Cross postcard, Great Britain, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Soldiers at congregation, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Mr. and Mrs. Green, Cambridge, England, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Trafalgar Square, London, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Two men and jeep, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Man in car by tree, undated

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Man in army uniform, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Man by truck bed , undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Men in front of barrack, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Man outside building, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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John A. Walters, Jr. and man, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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John A. Walters, Jr. and man in uniform, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Man in uniform, undated

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Man with dog, undated

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Woodpallets and surrounding countryside, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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John A. Walters, Jr. in uniform front of barracks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Barracks and yard, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Souvenir cards series a and b, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Souvenir card envelope, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Soldiers outdoors, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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John A. Walters, Jr. uniform, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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John A. Walters, Jr. and man on bicycle, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Two men outdoors, undated

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John A. Walters, Jr. in uniform, undated

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John A. Walters, Jr. in casual wear, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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480th Maintenance Camp sign, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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John A. Walters, Jr. candid shot, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Outside view barracks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Company signs and barracks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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480th Maintenance Company, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Road and garden outside camp, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Close up camp sign, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Man in workyard, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Jeep outside barracks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Dog on bucket shelf, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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View crane in stockyard, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Company sign and barracks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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View outside warehouse, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Fighter plane air formation, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Man and John A. Walters, Jr. front of crane, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Army trucks in yard, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Close up army trucks, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Fighter plane air formation, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Man in jeep, undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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