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Gilmer Meriwether, WWII Military Records

Title: Gilmer Meriwether, WWII Military Records

Creator: Meriwether, Gilmer

Dates: 1943, Feb.-Oct.

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0024

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Gilmer Meriwether, WWII Military Records (MS 0024). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


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 Australia.


Meriwether, Gilmer

Air pilots, Military

World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence

World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations

Container List: 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, Egyptian Box 1. Folder 12. Scrapbook, single page, 1943, Feb.-July

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