William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Harold Young Letters, 1942-1943
Meg Hixon, March 2012
Harold Young letters
This collection contains 6 letters that Private Harold Young wrote to Faye McIntyre, a friend, while serving with the United States Army during World War II. He first worked as a Quartermaster Corps driver based at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and then transferred to Camp Butner, North Carolina, where he trained with the Signal Corps. Young discussed his opinions on the army, his changing military ambitions, and his desire to return to Oregon after the war.
Language: The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Harold Young letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Faye McIntyre was born in 1909 and lived in Elgin, Oregon, with her parents, Alvis and Lucy McIntyre. Private Harold Young joined the United States Army in the summer of 1942 and served as a driver for the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, until mid-1943, when he transferred to Camp Butner, North Carolina. He trained with the Signal Corps at Camp Butner until July 1943, when poor eyesight led to his transfer to the CMP Casual Detachment, a noncombatant unit. He married between September 1942 and June 1943.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection contains 6 letters that Private Harold Young wrote to Faye McIntyre of Elgin, Oregon, while serving with the United States Army at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and Camp Butner, North Carolina, during World War II.
Initially, Young expressed surprise that she had found his address and initiated communication, though later letters indicate that Young knew McIntyre's parents and had many acquaintances in common with her. He first responded to a letter on August 28, 1942, and confirmed that he was a member of a noncombatant unit, though he had the opportunity to volunteer for a dangerous active service unit; he later wrote that he was "looking to die at a young age" by participating in overseas service (September 5, 1942). These first two letters urge McIntyre to follow her impulse to come east to visit him and allude to a liaison the couple enjoyed in San Francisco. In 1943, Young reported that he had married another woman, though he declared that his "heart belong[ed] in Oregon" (June 3, 1943).
After volunteering for the Signal Corps, Young wrote four letters from Camp Butner, North Carolina, detailing the unit's training as an amphibious invasion force (June 3 and June 25, 1943). Additionally, he expressed his distaste for the hot weather and inadequate social activities, his increasing disenchantment with his military placement, and his hope of returning to the West Coast (July 19 and August 21, 1943). Two of his letters bear graphic letterheads from Camp Butner, depicting soldiers in action.
- Butner (N.C.)
- Camp Butner (N.C.)
- Camp Kilmer (N.J.)
- United States. Army--Military life.
- United States. Army. Quartermaster Corps.
- United States. Army. Signal Corps.
- United States. Army--Transport service.
- World War, 1939-1945--United States.
| Container / Location
|Box 10, World War II Small Collections
Harold Young letters [series]:
August 28, 1942-August 21, 1943