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This collection consists primarily of correspondence sent from William McClelland while he was in the air force describing his experiences while training and during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, specifically the Philippines. Letters to William from his family include those sent while he was missing in action and are emotionally fraught. Papers by Arthur and Myrtle include information on religious topics, such as pamphlets, notes, and more related to their participation in the Second Presbyterian Church of Huntington. Letters sent to and by the family after William’s declaration as missing in action and presumed death include information about William’s conduct, stories, and requests for information from the family about his possible survival. Also present is a telegram regarding the remains of he and his flight crew. Christmas cards sent by and to the family are also present in the collection, as well as family photographs from the 1860s through the 1940s. Notable is an album from circa 1870. Also present are miscellaneous papers and artifacts from William’s primary school years, such as report cards, certificates, and Boy Scouts of America materials, and items such as a map of the Phillippines and patches and military decorations.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1870-1950