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New Testament of John A. Steel, World War I.

Identifier: MM.2008.011

Scope and Contents

Pocket-size New Testament of John A. Steel, World War I. On the flyleaf is a place to print the soldier’s name, address, service, and remarks. Steel served in the Aviation Section, Sig. Corps, U. S. Army. John Albert Steel (1892-1980) was born in Fayetteville, N. C., and died in Knoxville, Tenn. He attended Trinity (now Duke), the University of the South and the University of Minnesota, attaining a B. S. in civil engineering. He was an officer in World War I flying fighter aircraft in combat. He used the New Testament as an abbreviated diary to record the places he was sent and other events during service. The writing was very small script around the margins. He was a bridge builder between the two wars. He went back into active service in WWII and was promoted from Major to Colonel. He worked for the V. L. Nicholson Co. in Knoxville after WWII. Two projects that he worked on were the Sears Building on Central Avenue and the viaduct around Gatlinburg into the GSMNP.


  • 1917-1918

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Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


1 soldiers pocket testament (New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons)

New Testament of John A. Steel, World War I.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

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