Saunders Family Collection, 1941-1945

Manuscript Collection #964

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Saunders Family Collection
    Creator: Saunders family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract:
    Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 12 items ,
  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    October 23, 2003, (unprocessed) 12 items, 0.01 cubic feet; Collection (1941-1945) of war ration books and letters from Pvt. Bernard W. Saunders, a Japanese prisoner of war in the Philippines, and from Staff Sgt. John James "Jack" Mitchell, from England prior to the invasion of Europe received by the Saunders family of Bedford, VA. Donor: Ronald L. Saunders

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ronald L. Saunders

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Saunders Family Collection (#964), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, February 13, 2008


Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1
     
    • Bernard W. Saunders Letters
       
      Pvt. Saunders letter (11/17/1941), dated en route from Guam to Manila, P.I. To his mother, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 3 p. Photocopy holograph. Letter describes recent stay in Honolulu; the boat trip from the mainland; expected arrival in Manila on 20 Nov. by boat; 6-hour stop in Guam, 16 Nov.; future possibility of war with Japan. (item 1)
      Pvt. Saunders form letter (c. 1943), dated Imperial Japanese Army Philippine Prison Camp #4, to his father Joseph. J. Saunders, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy. Letter is a printed form indicating that his health is "good." Typed text: "Am getting along fine. Hope at home are the same. Give my regards to all my friends. May you all have a greata Christmas. Don't worry; my chin is still [up] Answer through International Red Cross. Your son, [Signature]." (item 2)
      Pvt. Saunders form letter (c. 1942), dated Imperial Japanese Army Philippine Prison Camp #1, to his father Joseph W. Saunders, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy. Letter is a printed form indicating that his health is "excellent," "uninjured" and "well." Typed text: "Hope to see all of you soon." (item 3)
      Edward F, Witsell, Acting the Adjutant General of the Army, Telegram (9/17/1945) dated Washington, DC, to mrs. Janie Gray Saunders, Route #2, [Bedford, VA.] 1 item. 1 p. Photocopy. Telegram informs Mrs. Saunders that her son returned to U..S. military control 9/10/1945 and is being returned to the U.S. within the near future and will be given an opportunity to communicate with her upon arrival. (item 4)
      Pvt. Saunders letter (9/23/1945), on American Red Cross stationery, to "Dear Mom and Dad," Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy holograph. Letter discusses hardships endured, joy at freedom, receipt of letter from them, anxiety to learn of family. (item 5)
    • J. W. Mitchell Letters
       
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (9/26/1943) to Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing the head of an American serviceman [possibly Mitchell himself] and of Winston Churchill smoking a cigar. Signed: "Jack." Cartoon by "LAZ" A.R.C. 21/9/1943. (item 2)
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (12/25/1943) to Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing an American serviceman in combat gear holding a censored letter: "Somewhere in Britain December 25, 1943. Dear [Blank] Merry Christmas and [Blank] a [Blank] [Blank] Happy [Blank] Year! [Blank] [Blank] From. Signed: "Jack." Cartoon by Lt. Dave Breger. (item 3)
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (ca. Christmas 1943) to Mrs. Jackie Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing a party scene with dishevelled American serviceman sitting on the floor and opening Christmas presents, watched by an assortment of British servicemen and civilians. Text: "Greetings from Britain." Signed: "Love, Jack." Cartoon by "Wingert." (item 4)
    • Saunders Family, Bedford, VA War Ration Books
       
      Joseph James Saunders, Jr. (age 25) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
      Joseph James Saunders, III. (age 20 months) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
      Frances Ruth Saunders (age 23) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item i)

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Preliminary Inventory

  • Box 1
     
    • Bernard W. Saunders Letters
       
      Pvt. Saunders letter (11/17/1941), dated en route from Guam to Manila, P.I. To his mother, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 3 p. Photocopy holograph. Letter describes recent stay in Honolulu; the boat trip from the mainland; expected arrival in Manila on 20 Nov. by boat; 6-hour stop in Guam, 16 Nov.; future possibility of war with Japan. (item 1)
      Pvt. Saunders form letter (c. 1943), dated Imperial Japanese Army Philippine Prison Camp #4, to his father Joseph. J. Saunders, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy. Letter is a printed form indicating that his health is "good." Typed text: "Am getting along fine. Hope at home are the same. Give my regards to all my friends. May you all have a greata Christmas. Don't worry; my chin is still [up] Answer through International Red Cross. Your son, [Signature]." (item 2)
      Pvt. Saunders form letter (c. 1942), dated Imperial Japanese Army Philippine Prison Camp #1, to his father Joseph W. Saunders, Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy. Letter is a printed form indicating that his health is "excellent," "uninjured" and "well." Typed text: "Hope to see all of you soon." (item 3)
      Edward F, Witsell, Acting the Adjutant General of the Army, Telegram (9/17/1945) dated Washington, DC, to mrs. Janie Gray Saunders, Route #2, [Bedford, VA.] 1 item. 1 p. Photocopy. Telegram informs Mrs. Saunders that her son returned to U..S. military control 9/10/1945 and is being returned to the U.S. within the near future and will be given an opportunity to communicate with her upon arrival. (item 4)
      Pvt. Saunders letter (9/23/1945), on American Red Cross stationery, to "Dear Mom and Dad," Route #2, Bedford, VA. 1 item. 2 p. Photocopy holograph. Letter discusses hardships endured, joy at freedom, receipt of letter from them, anxiety to learn of family. (item 5)
    • J. W. Mitchell Letters
       
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (9/26/1943) to Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing the head of an American serviceman [possibly Mitchell himself] and of Winston Churchill smoking a cigar. Signed: "Jack." Cartoon by "LAZ" A.R.C. 21/9/1943. (item 2)
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (12/25/1943) to Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing an American serviceman in combat gear holding a censored letter: "Somewhere in Britain December 25, 1943. Dear [Blank] Merry Christmas and [Blank] a [Blank] [Blank] Happy [Blank] Year! [Blank] [Blank] From. Signed: "Jack." Cartoon by Lt. Dave Breger. (item 3)
      Staff Sgt. J. W. Mitchell, V-Mail letter (ca. Christmas 1943) to Mrs. Jackie Mitchell, Box 200, Bedford, VA. Photocopy. Letter is a cartoon showing a party scene with dishevelled American serviceman sitting on the floor and opening Christmas presents, watched by an assortment of British servicemen and civilians. Text: "Greetings from Britain." Signed: "Love, Jack." Cartoon by "Wingert." (item 4)
    • Saunders Family, Bedford, VA War Ration Books
       
      Joseph James Saunders, Jr. (age 25) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
      Joseph James Saunders, III. (age 20 months) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
      Frances Ruth Saunders (age 23) War Ration Book One (5/6/1942) 712 Longwood Ave., Bedford, VA. 1 item. 1 p. (item i)

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