Marshall A. Webb papers

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Marshall A. Webb papers
Date
1890s-2004
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans
Soldiers -- Kentucky.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography
Military history.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poetry
Finding Aid Author
Ruth E. Bryan
Preferred Citation
2013ms0397 : [identification of item], Marshall A. Webb papers, 1890s-2004, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

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. There is also a binder of poems Webb wrote in 1962 while he was in the hospital being treated for cancer.
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).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Open for research
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Poetry notebook 1 (digital copy only), 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Poetry notebook 2 (digital copy only), 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Poetry binder and loose pages: poems written while in hospital being treated for cancer (digital copy only), 1962

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Military photographs (primarily of Webb), 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Panoramic photographs, group images of the 5th Army, 85th Infantry Division, 339th Infantry Company E, 1942

  • Folder OS 1
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Two images. Include handwritten notes about Webb's military service on the cardboard backing included with the photographs.

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Family and personal photographs, 1890s-1950s

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Dachau prison camp photographs, about 1940-1945

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Photo is captioned "Adolf Hitler with cat." May be an impersonator., about 1940-1945

  • Box 1, folder 3
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V-mail Christmas and Easter cards sent to Mr. and Mrs. Alton Webb, Campbellsville, Kentukcy, 1944-1945

  • Box 1, folder 4
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End of the year diary/address book/photograph album, 1945

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Poetry loose sheets (fragile), 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 6
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"Marshall" acrostic poem, undated

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Opal M. Keen ration books 1-4 (Grant Park, Ill.), 1940s

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Military orders, copy of honorary discharge, insurance application, and travel documents, 1942-1945

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Fiftieth wedding anniversary citation and clipping; copy of death certificate, 1997, 2004

  • Box 1, folder 10
Scope and Contents

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

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Address book/diary, 1994

  • Box 1, folder 9
Scope and Contents

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.

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Memorial scrapbook, compiled 2000s?

  • Box 1, folder 13
Scope and Contents

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

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"The day you were born," birthday poem to Webb from sister Maxine, undated

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Membership cards, Kentucky Colonel and Masons, 1973-1978

  • Box 1, folder 17
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