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Charles Floyd Shipe World War II letters.

Identifier: MSC 0116

Scope and Contents

The Charles Floyd Shipe Papers consist primarily of the letters written by Floyd Shipe to his wife Ruth Caroline Fowler Shipe during World War II. Floyd Shipe was born on June 6, 1909, in Knox County, Tennessee, and died on March 25, 1993. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from May 1942 until September 1945, and he wrote to his wife nearly every day. The Shipes lived near Halls Cross Roads in Knox County, Tennessee. The contents of the letters cover issues of health, finance, farming, weather, and other general, everyday matters. There is not much information concerning the status of the war or his direct involvement; other than his posts of Parris Island, S. C.; Quantico, Va.; Cherry Point, N. C.; San Diego, Calif. (briefly); overseas (maybe Hawaii); and Okinawa, Japan. One folder consists of genealogy research conducted on the Shipe family and others, including the Bell and Crippen families. Other correspondence includes 'V-mails' from PFC James J. Bell to Ella Shipe in Knoxville, Tenn. There are two folders of photographs, which include pictures of Floyd and Ruth Shipe and a tintype of Henry Shipe, great-grandfather of C. Floyd Shipe.


  • 1942-1945

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7 boxes

Charles Floyd Shipe World War II letters.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

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