Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Warren Callahan Letters, 1951

Duane Norman Diedrich Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Warren Callahan letters
Creator: Callahan, Julian J. and Callahan, Florence M.
Inclusive dates: 1951
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 5 letters and 1 printed item related to Warren Callahan's Korean War service with the 32nd United States Infantry Regiment. Callahan wrote to his parents about his time at the front lines and around the 38th parallel, daily life in the military, and, to a lesser extent, military actions on the peninsula.

Language: The material is in English and Korean
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2006. M-4566.8.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Warren Callahan letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with an undated item placed at the end.


Biography

Warren Callahan, the son of Julian J. and Florence M. Callahan of Vinton, Virginia, was born in 1926, and served in the 32nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army during the Korean War. He had one older brother, Thomas William Callahan (1926-1987).


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 5 letters and 1 printed item related to Warren Callahan's Korean War service with the 32nd United States Infantry Regiment. Callahan wrote these letters to his parents in Vinton, Virginia, between April 11 and July 25, 1951. He discussed his time at the front lines and around the 38th parallel, daily life in the military, and, to a lesser extent, military actions on the peninsula.

Callahan wrote his earliest letters from the front lines, mentioning enemy prisoners and nearby artillery fire, and providing updates on the state of the war. On June 7, 1951, he told his parents of an area where Chinese soldiers suffered heavy casualties, reportedly at the hands of the United States Air Force. He later noted the army's construction of "a defense line at the 38° in case they desire to bring this war to a close" (June 24, 1951). He described the recent theft of a camera, and the explosion that killed one of his buddies. Callahan's letter of June 7, 1951, is written on two identical pages, with a portion of a printed 1946 map of Japan on the back.

The collection also contains a "safe conduct pass" with a printed note and signature from Douglas MacArthur to members of the UN forces, promising "good treatment to any enemy soldier desiring to cease fighting." The reverse side of the pass bears printed images of good treatment given to prisoners of war, including medical care, food, and recreation (basketball).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives.
    • Korean War, 1950-1953--Prisoners and prisons.
    • MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
    • Racism--United States--20th century.
    • Soldiers--Virginia.
    • United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 32nd. Battalion, 2nd.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Japan--Maps.
    Contributors:
    • Callahan, Warren E., 1926-1987.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Military passes.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   : D. N. Diedrich Collection  
    Warren Callahan letters,   April 11, 1951-July 25, 1951 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    The University of North Carolina's Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library holds a collection of Callahan family papers, which include letters that Warren Callahan wrote while serving in Korea.