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J.L. McCanless papers

J.L. McCanless papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: J.L. McCanless papers
Creator: McCanless, J. L. (Jesse Luke)
Inclusive Dates: 1942-1945
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet 1 half box
Collection Number: ms2904
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Jesse Luke McCanless was a soldier with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, he resided in Canton, Georgia. He participated in the Normandy invasion, and travelled through France and Germany.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence from McCanless during his military service with the U.S. Army in World War II, to his father Leo McCanless, his stepmother Kathleen McCanless, and his Aunt Inez Doss, all of Canton, Georgia. From August 1942 - June 1944 McCanless wrote from various military training camps in the United States describing his training activities, the areas, and news of family and friends. After June 1944, McCanless wrote from England, France, Belgium, and Germany. His letters describe his trip overseas, the English countryside, the destruction in France, United Service Organization Shows, prices for commodities, V-E day and peace, his opinion of the German people, his duties questioning Germans to determine their role in the war, and his participation in the Normandy invasion and the destruction and casualties from the battle.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J.L. McCanless papers, ms2904, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Military training camps -- United States.
Soldiers -- Georgia.
United Service Organizations (U.S.)
United States. Army
World War, 1939-1945 -- Belgium.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945 -- England.
World War, 1939-1945 -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

12Correspondence , 1942
13Correspondence , 1943
14Correspondence , 1944 January - July
15Correspondence , 1944 August
16Correspondence , 1944 September
17Correspondence , 1944 October-November
18Correspondence , 1944 December
19Correspondence , 1945 January-February
110Correspondence , 1945 March-April
111Correspondence , 1945 May-August