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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 3rd Defense Battalion
  • Location of Service: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Midway; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Mare Island, California; Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class

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"Being under these conditions I can really understand the true meaning of love, life, & liberty. I just pray to God that I may live to enjoy them after this world pulls itself out of the chaos." (Diary, page 22)

After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1940, Private First Class Leon Frank Jenkins survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, and went on to fight in the battles at Midway, Guadalcanal and Tulagi. The diary he kept during the summer of 1942 includes graphic and detailed descriptions of combat experiences that would affect him for years to come. In 1943, Jenkins was discharged with a diagnosis of psychoneurosis, and according to his family, he battled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of his life.

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About this Item

Title

  • Leon Frank Jenkins Collection

Names

  • Ames, Kerry
  • Jenkins, Leon Frank

State of Birth

  • WI

Home State

  • NV

Headings

  • -  Jenkins, Leon Frank
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Form

  • Diaries and journals

Extent

  • 1 item

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 3rd Defense Battalion
    • Location of Service: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Midway; Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands); Mare Island, California; Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Private First Class
    • Dates of Service: 1940-1943
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1942)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/91622

Cite as

  • Leon Frank Jenkins Collection (AFC/2001/001/91622), 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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

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:

Ames, Kerry, and Leon Frank Jenkins. Leon Frank Jenkins Collection. 1940. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.91622/.

APA citation style:

Ames, K. & Jenkins, L. F. (1940) Leon Frank Jenkins Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.91622/.

MLA citation style:

Ames, Kerry, and Leon Frank Jenkins. Leon Frank Jenkins Collection. 1940. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.91622/>.