Guide to the World War II letter from Bill
Collection number: HMC-0814.
Title: World War II letter from Bill.
Date: 1944 October 12.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letter written by World War II U.S. Army soldier serving in Alaska.
Biographical note: Bill, the U. S. Army soldier who wrote this letter, was stationed in Alaska in 1944.
The collection consists of a handwritten letter by a U. S. Army soldier about to begin travel to a duty station in Alaska, to his family in 1944. In the letter, dated October 12, 1944, Bill provides the recipients with a code he plans to use for subsequent letters home that will provide them general and specific locations in Alaska. The general coded phrases include those for Alaska, Attu, Kiska, and the Aleutians. He suggests that the recipients might use their own code if the censors block his efforts, since he does not believe that incoming letters are censored. Bill also mentions that he will not be able to write any letters while in transit to Alaska, asks them to give his APO address to anyone who wants it, and requests that they not worry about his welfare.
Arrangement: The collection is in the order it arrived in the Archives.
Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: The Archives does not own copyright to this collection.
Preferred citation: World War II letter from Bill, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Related materials: For similar materials, please view our topical guide, World War II in Alaska.
Acquisition note: The collection was bought at internet auction in 2005.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The collection description was revised by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2012.