OTTO P. RICE (1917-2003). World War II Letters; 1942. .1 cu. ft.
Otto P. Rice was from Pampa, Texas. He enlisted in the U. S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, on June 12, 1941. During World War II, he was stationed at Fort Raymond in Seward, Alaska with Battery E of the 420th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft). In November of 1942, he was transferred to the Alaska Defense Command (ADC) Headquarters at Fort Richardson to work as typist. Otto Rice died in Dallas, Texas, in 2003.
The collection consists of two World War II era letters with envelopes written by Otto P. Rice. The first letter, dated November 20th, was sent from Fort Raymond to his parents in Pampas, Texas. In the letter, Rice announces his transfer with friend Winter White from their current post to ADC Headquarters to work as typists. He also mentions a friend, George Furgate, who lives in Anchorage, and a wedding announcement he received. The second letter to his parents is dated November 23rd. In the letter, Rice comments on his recent arrival at ADC Headquarters with Winter White, an attempt to see local friend George Fugate, receiving letters from friends and fellow soldiers, fellow soldiers from Texas stationed there, and seeing the northern lights.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.