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This collection consists of letters, photographs, documents, and artifacts relating to Luther J. “Jake” Thomas’s military service during the Second World War. The majority of the collection features correspondence between Thomas and his family, particularly his mother Anna Thomas, between 1943 and 1945. While serving as an MP in the Army Air Corps, Thomas regularly mailed letters and photographs home detailing his training, travels, and experiences as a soldier. The collection also includes Thomas’s military documentation (for example, induction and separation papers), training materials, wartime souvenirs and artefacts, and post-war awards and honors. The collection includes documents related to Thomas’s veteran status following his discharge in late 1945, as well as his subsequent enrollment in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Finally, the collection contains general information about the Thomas family, including photographs, obituaries, and documents concerning Luther C. Thomas (Thomas’s father)’s military service in World War I.
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World War II, WWII, Second World War, War Correspondence, Army Air Corps, Military Police
European History | History | Military History | United States History
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Meyers, Margaret J. and Jenna E. Fleming, "MS-171: Corporal Luther Jacob “Jake” Thomas Papers" (March 2015). Special Collections and College Archives Finding Aids. Special Collection and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.