William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
Finding aid for
Warren Callahan Letters, 1951
Duane Norman Diedrich CollectionFinding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011
Warren Callahan letters
Callahan, Julian J. and Callahan, Florence M.
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.
The material is in English and Korean
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Warren Callahan Letters, Duane Norman Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically, with an undated item placed at the end.
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).
- Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives.
- Korean War, 1950-1953--Prisoners and prisons.
- MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
- Racism--United States--20th century.
- United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 32nd. Battalion, 2nd.
- United States. Army--Military life.
- Callahan, Warren E., 1926-1987.
- Letters (correspondence)
- Military passes.
Additional Descriptive Data
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.