This collection contains 9 letters and 1 document concerning Major Powell Glass, Jr., who served at the 5th Marine Corps Division headquarters during the Second World War.
The first item is Glass's request for a 16-day leave from the United States Marine Corps Reserve, dated April 30, 1941 and approved on the following day by Harvey B. Miller and James F. Moriarty. Glass wrote the remaining 9 letters to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Powell Glass of Lynchburg, Virginia, between January 19, 1944, and August 12, 1945. Glass ("Red") reported briefly on his activities with the marines, often noting boredom, and discussed family news. He frequently referred to family members Marianne and Anne, mentioned his father's illness, and provided news of acquaintances who also served in the military. In later letters, Glass remarked about his relationship and leisure activities with Fran and Bill Weber, a couple who lived near headquarters. Glass occasionally commented on current events, such as the Allied offensive to liberate the Philippines (November 27, 1944). On April 26, 1945, he shared his opinions on the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt, including his apprehension about the abilities of Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman.
Three letters are written on United States Marine Corps stationery.