Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Cassedy Jr. letters

Abstract

The John Cassedy Jr. letters (dated 1944-1945; 0.28 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprises letters from John Cassedy to his wife that document his experience as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Cassedy Jr. letters
Date
1944-1945 (inclusive)
Creator
Cassedy, John, Jr.
Extent
0.28 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
Air pilots, Military
Families.
Long-distance relationships.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1054: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Cassedy Jr. letters, 1944-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Cassedy Jr. (1923-1984) was born in Norwood, Ohio to John Cassedy (1901-1958) and Helen H. Cassedy (1900-1992). From 1942 through 1945, Cassedy served in the US Army as a pilot in the Pacific. He was married to Marilyn Berte (1924-1984). No other biographical information available.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The John Cassedy Jr. letters (dated 1944-1945; 0.28 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprises letters from John Cassedy to his wife that document his experience as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II. In the letters, John discusses military life in New Guinea, the Philippines, and various Japanese-occupied islands; getting flight time for missions, running into friends, celebrating holidays, receiving letters and packages from home, how much he misses his wife, his frustration with the mail, his efforts to get more flight time, hopes that the war will end soon, and his excitement at being home within two months.
The John Cassedy Jr. letters collection is part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1944 August - September

  • Box WH-147, folder 1
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John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1944 November

  • Box WH-147, folder 2
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John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1944 December

  • Box WH-147, folder 3-4
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John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1945 January - February

  • Box WH-147, folder 5
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John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1945 March

  • Box WH-147, folder 6
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John Cassedy Jr. To Marilyn Cassedy, 1945 April - September

  • Box WH-147, folder 7
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