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Joseph E. Carland, WWII Military Records

Title: Joseph E. Carland, WWII Military Records

Collector: McCauley, Ruth D. (Carland)

Dates: 1941-2000 bulk 1945

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0321

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Joseph E. Carland, WWII Military Records (MS 0321). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Joseph Elwood Carland was born March 24, 1919 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, and graduated high school in 1938 with high honors and a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agriculture College. He married Ruth Delight Whitney on April 5, 1941. On August 25, 1944 Carland was inducted into the United States Army, and arrived in England on March 7, 1945. Pvt. Joseph Elwood Carland, 26 years old, was killed in action on April 5, 1945 in the vicinity of Marburg, Germany, while his company was under attack. He was identified by his officers and his identification tags.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of correspondence and other materials sent to Ruth D. Carland prior to and after the death of her husband. Correspondence forms the largest part of the collection and is separated into letters from various offices of the War Department and from the Veterans' Association. Correspondence also includes burial information, benefits and claims information, and letters of condolence. Of interest is the telegram received reporting Pvt. Carland's death, letters from the Secretary of State regarding the purple heart Carland received posthumously, and a letter of condolence from Carland's chaplain. Files also include Ruth and Joseph Carland's marriage license. Books from the collection are cataloged separately.


Carland, Ruth D. -- Correspondence

Carland, Joseph Elwood -- Correspondence

United States -- World War II -- Archives

Container List Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1945 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, Veterans' Administration, 1945-2000 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, War Department, 1945 Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, burial, 1946-1947 Box 1. Folder 5. Marriage license, telegram, 1941-1945 Box 1. Folder 6. Book citations, newspaper clippings, 1945-1953

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