Finding aid prepared by Krystle Farman
Norman Erling Houge diary
University of Kentucky Special Collections
The collection is comprised of two copies of a single item.
The intellectual rights to the collection reside with University of Kentucky Special Collections.
2010MS020 : [identification of item], Norman Erling Houge diary, 1943-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0.18 Cubic feet
The Norman Erling Houge diary contains a day-by-day diary that provides a description of Houge's life in World War II. The entries are typically short and consist of activities throughout his training at Camp Walters in Texas, Hammer Field in Fresno, California, and the Army Air Field in Santa Maria, California.
Norman Erling Houge, born in 1917, enlisted in the army on October 27, 1943. He left his home and wife, Grace Houge, for Camp Walters, Texas on November 17, 1943, eventually joining a regiment at the Amarillo Air Field in Amarillo, Texas. Throughout the duration of his enlistment, Houge trained not only at Camp Walters, but also around the United States at Hammer Field in Fresno, California and Army Air Field in Santa Maria, California. Never deployed to overseas, Private Houge entertained fellow soldiers at home through his music abilities for the duration of the Second World War. He was discharged and returned to Kentucky on January 20, 1945.
The Norman Erling Hourge diary covers the World War II military life of Norman Houge. It documents his service, mostly on the West coast telling the story of a young musician who used his talents to entertain the troops in the area.