Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 1st MAW (Marine Aircraft Wing); 3rd Marine Division
  • Location of Service: California; Japan; Korea; North Carolina
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

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"...I felt that I was doing more for the Marine Corps by influencing young men to enlist, than I was sitting on my tail...and playing radio operator" (audio interview, 00:31:05.0)

Donald Huston Ericson's pugnacious motto, "don't mess with me unless you want a fight," helped him fit right in with the Marine Corps. Ericson served stateside as a middleweight fighter on a Marine Corps boxing team, eventually fighting in the National Golden Gloves. He often found himself working with recruiters, going to high schools around southern California to put on a show and encourage young men to enlist. While deployed to Japan, an injury to his brain during a fight ended his boxing career, but not his love for the Marine Corps or the sport. In later life he became an official for the U.S.A. Boxing Program.

Donald Huston Ericson Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Donald Huston Ericson Collection

Names

  • Ericson, Donald Huston
  • Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History
  • Gray, Annette
  • Belt, Barbara

State of Birth

  • CO

Home State

  • CO

Headings

  • -  Ericson, Donald Huston
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 1st MAW (Marine Aircraft Wing); 3rd Marine Division
    • Location of Service: California; Japan; Korea; North Carolina
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1952-1960
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 02/17/2005)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 02/17/2005)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1954)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 02/17/2005)
  • Photograph: Photographic print [7 items] -- Photograph (collected 1952 - 1954)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [8 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1952 - 1955)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/63573

Cite as

  • Donald Huston Ericson Collection (AFC/2001/001/63573), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • pdf

Additional Metadata Formats

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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

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

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:

Ericson, Donald Huston, Douglas County Libraries Archives And Local History, Annette Gray, and Barbara Belt. Donald Huston Ericson Collection. 1952. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.63573/.

APA citation style:

Ericson, D. H., Douglas County Libraries Archives And Local History, Gray, A. & Belt, B. (1952) Donald Huston Ericson Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.63573/.

MLA citation style:

Ericson, Donald Huston, et al. Donald Huston Ericson Collection. 1952. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.63573/>.