Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 410th Field Artillery Group; 731st Field Artillery Battalion
  • Location of Service: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Camp Butner, North Carolina; England; France; European Theater; Germany; Czechoslovakia
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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"Me, I got a new home every durned night! But - the faster we move, the sooner we do get home." (V-Mail to mother and father, November 22, 1944)

First Lieutenant John Carson was 28 years old and working in public relations in New York City when he enlisted in the Army Reserve in March 1941. Recalled to active duty in March 1942, he completed Officer Candidates School and went on to serve as a communications officer in field artillery units within General George Patton’s Third Army in Europe. His letters home to his parents provide hints at Third Army’s rapid pace of advance across northern Europe, and how its personnel learned to embrace the accompanying hardships with humor and fortitude. The correspondence in his collection begins chronologically with his arrival in England, and traces his movements across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and even into Czechoslovakia, where he was offered a job with a glassworks manufacturer after the war.

[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [8/24/1944] ]

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[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [9/6/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [9/16/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [9/17/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [9/23/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [10/4/1944] ]

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[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [10/23/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [10/28/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [11/6/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [11/9/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [11/13/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [11/15/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [11/22/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [12/3/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [12/7/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [12/8/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [12/10/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [12/26/1944] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [12/31/1944] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [1/3/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [1/9/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [1/15/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [1/21/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [1/24/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [1/28/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [1/30/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [2/2/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [2/6/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [2/8/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [2/13/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [2/25/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [3/7/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [3/9/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [3/15/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [3/23/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [3/27/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [3/29/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [3/30/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [4/6/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [4/9/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [4/11/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [4/16/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [5/10/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [5/15/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [5/16/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [5/22/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [5/23/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [5/25/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [5/30/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [6/4/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [6/9/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [6/17/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [6/24/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [7/23/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [7/25/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [8/1/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [8/9/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [8/12/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [8/15/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [9/4/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [9/13/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [9/27/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [9/30/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [10/9/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [10/22/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to Mother and Dad [n.d.] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [10/12/1945] ]
[ Letter to Jim and Barbara [4/22/1945] ]
[ V-Mail to his mother [4/24/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Father [4/30/1945] ]
[ Letter to Dad and Matthew [5/8/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [7/4/1945] ]
[ Letter to Mother and Dad [8/7/1945] ]
[ "John B. Carson in World War II: His Letters Home." Transcript of handwritten letters with biographical information. ]

About this Item

Title

  • John B. Carson Collection

Names

  • Carson, John B.
  • Carson, James

State of Birth

  • MI

Home State

  • SC

Headings

  • -  Carson, John B.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 410th Field Artillery Group; 731st Field Artillery Battalion
    • Location of Service: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Camp Butner, North Carolina; England; France; European Theater; Germany; Czechoslovakia
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1945
    • Prisoner of War: No
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Correspondence [75 items] -- Handwritten document (collected 1944 - 1945)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [1 item] -- Transcription of document (collected 2017)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1942 - 1945)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/108853

Cite as

  • John B. Carson Collection (AFC/2001/001/108853), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Carson, John B, and James Carson. John B. Carson Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108853/.

APA citation style:

Carson, J. B. & Carson, J. (1941) John B. Carson Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108853/.

MLA citation style:

Carson, John B, and James Carson. John B. Carson Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.108853/>.