Gilmer Meriwether, WWII Military
Title: Gilmer Meriwether,
WWII Military Records
Creator: Meriwether, Gilmer
Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Collection Number: MS 0024
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Preferred Citation: Gilmer Meriwether, WWII Military Records (MS 0024). Archives & Special
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Gilmer Meriwether served as a captain in the 340th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force, during
World War II.
Scope and Content:
The military letters written to his wife and family cover Meriwether's military
service. The 340th Bomb Group arrived in North Africa in April 1943 and apparently
remained there during the period in which the letters were written. Meriwether
describes the voyage, the reactions of the Australians to U.S. troops, sandstorms,
and the end of the campaign in North Africa. Several letters reflect his opinion
that the Germans would soon surrender. An April 9, 1943, a letter from a relative in
Clarkesville, Tennessee, describes relations between African American women working
as domestics, their white employers, and "Eleanor
Roosevelt Clubs." A May 8, 1943 letter from Kansas City refers to the
Women's Army Corps. Some of the undated correspondence relates to a commendation for
340th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, crossing the Equator, and typed excerpts
from letters and conversation withs Fred Zausmer, who describes the trip to
Air pilots, Military
World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence 1943, Feb.
Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, carbons, 1943, Mar.
Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1943, Apr.
Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1943, May
Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1943, June
Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1943, July
Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, war saving bonds, 1943, Oct.
Box 1. Folder 8. Correspondence, undated
Box 1. Folder 9. Newspaper clippings
Box 1. Folder 10. Photographs, North Africa, cards
Box 1. Folder 11. Currency, Indian, French Algerian, British military,
Box 1. Folder 12. Scrapbook, single page, 1943, Feb.-July