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Marshall A. Webb papers, 1890s-2004

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Finding aid prepared by Ruth E. Bryan

Title

Marshall A. Webb papers

Date

1890s-2004

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for research

Preferred Citation Note

2013ms0397 : [identification of item], Marshall A. Webb papers, 1890s-2004, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.45 Cubic feet

1 document box and 1 map folder

Abstract

Marshall A. Webb papers comprise primarily photographs, poetry notebooks (digitized copies only), a diary/address book/photograph album, and a memorial scrapbook of copied and original items, all documenting Webb's U.S. military service during World War II, 1942-1945.

Biography/History

World War II veteran and lifetime resident of Campbellsville, Taylor County, Ky. Born Feb. 24, 1922. Served in the 5th Army, 85th Infantry Division, 339th Infantry Company E. Drafted December 3, 1942 and honorably discharged Oct. 21, 1945. Shipped to Africa in 1944 and left for Italy a few months later. Participated in a major attack in Tremensuoli, Italy on May 11, 1944. Earned a purple heart medal and a bronze star. Married Opal Keen (born October 3, 1928) on February 13, 1947, and had three children, Eva (died March 28, 1994), Marsha, and Roger. Worked as a farm hand (1940-1942) and as a print operator. After the war, Died May 26, 2004. Buried at Green River Memorial Cemetery, Campbellsville, Ky.

Scope and Content

The Marshall A. Webb papers comprise primarily photographs, poetry notebooks (digitized copies only), a diary/address book/photograph album, and a memorial scrapbook of copied and original items, all documenting Webb's U.S. military service during World War II, 1942-1945. He served mainly in Italy. Military photographs include photographs of prison camp Dachau; Adolf Hitler; and two panoramic group images of the 5th Army, 85th Infantry Division, 339th Infantry Company E in 1942 when Webb was mustered in. Webb included handwritten notes about his military service on the cardboard backing of the panoramic photographs.

Collection also includes other poetry he wrote while in service; military orders and other records; two V-mail cards (1944-1945); his wife, Opal Keen's, ration book (Grant Park, Ill.); personal and family photographs (1890s-2000s). There are also items related to Webb's oral history interview, including an address book/diary in which he records the name of the prison camp he could not remember during the interview with interviewer Colonel Arthur Kelly; and his 50th wedding anniversary citation from the Kentucky State Senate on a motion from Col. Kelly's son, Senator Dan Kelly (1997).

Subjects

  • Photographs
  • Webb, Marshall A. (Alvernues), 1922-2004
  • Military history.
  • Soldiers--Kentucky.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Italy
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Photography
  • World War, 1939-1945--Poetry
  • World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Related Material

1986OH078 WW 041, Interview with Marshall Webb, January 16, 1986, Col. Arthur L. Kelly American Veterans Oral History Collection, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Poetry notebook 1 (digital copy only), 1942-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 11] browse
Poetry notebook 2 (digital copy only), 1942-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 12] browse
Military photographs (primarily of Webb), 1942-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 1] browse
Panoramic photographs, group images of the 5th Army, 85th Infantry Division, 339th Infantry Company E, 1942
[Folder: OS 1] browse
Scope and Content Note:

Two images. Include handwritten notes about Webb's military service on the cardboard backing included with the photographs.

Family and personal photographs, 1890s-1950s
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Dachau prison camp photographs, about 1940-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 3, Folder:Item: 1-11] browse
Adolf Hitler with cat, about 1940-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 3, Item: 12] browse
V-mail Christmas and Easter cards sent to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Webb, Campbellsville, Kentukcy, 1944-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 4] browse
End of the year diary/address book/photograph album, 1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 5] browse
Poetry loose sheets (fragile), 1942-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 6] browse
Opal M. Keen ration books 1-4 (Grant Park, Ill.), 1940s
[Box: 1, Folder: 7] browse
Military orders, copy of honorary discharge, insurance application, and travel documents, 1942-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 8] browse
Fiftieth wedding anniversary citation and clipping; copy of death certificate, 1997, 2004
[Box: 1, Folder: 10] browse
Scope and Content Note:

The Kentucky Senate citation was given on motion of Senator Dan Kelly, son of oral history interviewer, Colonel Arthur Kelly.

Address book/diary, 1994
[Box: 1, Folder: 9] browse
Scope and Content Note:

Records daughter Eva's death (March 28, 1994) and the name of the prison camp (Dachau) Webb could not recall during his oral history interview on January 18, 1986.

Memorial scrapbook, compiled 2000s
[Box: 1, Folder: 13] browse
Scope and Content Note:

Includes military, personal, and family photographs (copies and originals), various military records, and loose sheets of Webb's poetry.