Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joe Guess papers

Abstract

The Joe Guess papers (dated 1963-1965; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, orders and assignments, and certificates that document the experiences of a Kentucky soldier in Korea during the Vietnam War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joe Guess papers
Creator
Guess, Joe F., Jr., 1942-2017
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Military records
Soldiers -- Correspondence
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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
2009ms132.0129: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joe Guess papers, 1963-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Joe F. Guess Jr. (1942-2017) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Joe F. Guess (1913-1972) and India Sykes Guess (1915-1992). He decided to enter the US Army in 1964 after failing a semester at Georgetown College. Joe completed his training at Fort Knox and then stationed at Camp Casey in Korea from May 1964 to May 1965, guarding the Demilitarized Zone. After returning to the United States in 1965, he spent his final year in the Army at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
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 Joe Guess papers (dated 1963-1965; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, orders and assignments, and certificates that document the experiences of a Kentucky soldier in Korea during the Vietnam War. The letters are between Guess and his parents, mainly discussing his frustration with his Army unit while deployed, difficulties with pay, the transition into US participation on the ground in the Vietnam War, fear of going to Vietnam, and his observations on new draftees entering training. The photographs show a few aspects of Camp Casey and events that occurred there between 1964 and 1965. The newspaper clippings highlight the evolution of the Korean War and US involvement, along with athletic activities soldiers participated in. The orders and assignments document the different tasks assigned to Guess and his unit while in Korea and the standards they were to uphold. The certificates detail trainings and education completed by Guess in the Army, included with the certificates are passes and permission cards, Korean currency, menus, and receipts.
The Joe Guess papers are 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
Conditions Governing Access The 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

Correspondence, 1963-1965

1963

  • Box 220, folder 1
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1964 February-March

  • Box 220, folder 2
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1964 April

  • Box 220, folder 3
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1964 May

  • Box 220, folder 4
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1964 June

  • Box 220, folder 5
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1964 July

  • Box 220, folder 6
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1964 August

  • Box 220, folder 7
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1964 September

  • Box 220, folder 8
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1964 October

  • Box 220, folder 9
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1964 November

  • Box 220, folder 10
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1964 December

  • Box 220, folder 11
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1965 January

  • Box 220, folder 12
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1965 February

  • Box 220, folder 13
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1965 March

  • Box 220, folder 14
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1965 May-October

  • Box 220, folder 15
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Army orders and assignments, 1963-1965

  • Box 220, folder 16
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Photos, postcards, and newspaper clippings, 1964-1965, undated

  • Box 220, folder 17
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Receipts, reports, and passes, 1964-1965, undated

  • Box 220, folder 18
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The Special Collections Research Center has transitioned to online delivery of library services. For updates and more information about remote services and resources, visit the UK Libraries COVID-19 Updates page.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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