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This collection consists primarily of correspondence from Coulter to his family and is broken up into sections based on correspondence by regular mail, correspondence by V-Mail, the 1985 Reunion of the 37th Division.

Family correspondence consists of a series of letters, written by Coulter, to his wife, Mae, and son, Chan Lowell, during his overseas service in the South Pacific from 1942 until his discharge in 1945. The correspondence includes fatherly advice to his son and talk of normal family business matters to his wife, as well as day-to-day happenings of military life during war. Some letters have been censored and cut in places.

There is also a series of V-Mails, written by Coulter, to his wife and son during his overseas service from 1942 until 1945.

The last section consists of papers acquired by Coulter regarding the 40th Anniversary of the 37th Division’s Liberation of Manila. This series includes news clippings, itineraries, and programs of the 37th Division and its 40th reunion in 1985.

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Publication Date

August 2001


World War II, WWII, Gettysburg College, Camp Shelby, South Pacific, Phi Gamma Delta, war correspondence


European History | History | Military History | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-031: Letters from Chan Coulter to his wife and child, World War II