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Guide to the Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters



Overview of the Collection

Creator McDavid, O. C., 1911-1998
Collection Title Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters
Dates 1943-1945
Identification 2011-008
Physical Description 2.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/, Phone: 713-743-9750

Biographical Information:

O.C. McDavid was born on May 30, 1911 in Ruth, Mississippi.  At the urging of his high school English teacher, McDavid forged a non-traditional path into a career in the newspaper industry.  He secured his first job sweeping up the print shop at the Enterprise Journal while in high school.  As his responsibilities grew to include running the print shop as well as writing, he attended high school part-time so that he could pursue his new career full-time.

McDavid’s career took an unexpected turn as the United States’ involvement in World War II became imminent.  As a member of the National Guard, McDavid received his federal induction and was quickly tapped to publish a camp newspaper named The Dixie.  After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, McDavid was stationed in the South Pacific.  There, in New Guinea, McDavid was placed in charge of establishing village governments with the local population and helped to provide local services such as sanitation, security, and health.

Following the war, McDavid returned to the newspaper industry, finally retiring at the age of 70.  He turned his time and energies to sculpting and painting, earning the George Ohr Public Service Award (honoring Mississippians who have supported crafts as art) in 1976.

He died on March 12, 1998 in Jackson, Mississippi.  The following year the Mississippi Press Association established an annual student journalism conference in his name.


Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid during his service in World War II in the South Pacific. The collection also includes a handful of correspondence addressed to Captain McDavid, newsletters from his service, memorabilia collected while abroad, a sketch drawn by Captain McDavid, newspaper clippings, and Letters from OC: The War Years--1940 through 1945, compiled by Gene McDavid.

Correspondence from Captain McDavid is arranged chronologically while letters addressed to Captain McDavid have been arranged alphabetically by author. The remaining materials have been arranged chronologically.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Programs (documents)
Sketches
Personal Name:
McDavid, O. C., 1911-1998
Topical Term:
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Area

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Gene McDavid, June 2, 2011

Digitized Materials:

Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/mcdav)


Detailed List of Contents

Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid 1943-1945, undated

Scope and Contents
Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid is arranged chronologically and primarily focuses on his tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Many of the letters are illustrated with cartoons and drawings.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence September-October 1943
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to [Inez McDavid], regarding being aboard a Navy ship
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Nancy McDavid [Nancye Lee], regarding an apology
2 Correspondence January 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', regarding a boating trip and visit to a Native village
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a request for rolls of film
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding being stationed on the east coast
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending and receiving photographs
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Sally McDavid, regarding the weather
3 Correspondence February 1944
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid and 'Kids', regarding the weather
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning sending a few packages home
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the censorship of his letters
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding catching up on rest
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding censorship
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding mail service
4 Correspondence March 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being located in the Southwest Pacific area
Letter from Capt. O.C McDavid to Inez McDavid, about life aboard the ship
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid and 'Kids', regarding attending church services
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about using Australian money for the first time at the Post Exchange
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning being homesick
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning being homesick
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning camp conditions
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a description of his camp site
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding life aboard the ship
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding life in the Jungle View Motel
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding reaching his intended destination
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding receiving time off to rest
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about his well-being
5 Correspondence April 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', regarding sending Japanese money home to them
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about watching a native soccer game
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a package he sent home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding stumbling upon where New Guinea's daily paper is printed
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid and 'Kids', regarding a description of the native people
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about meeting an Australian corporal
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding Good Friday
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the lack of incoming mail
6 Correspondence April 1944
A poem written by Capt. O. C. McDavid, titled 'Unknown Soldier'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Major', concerning attending a dedicatory service for an Army chapel
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], regarding a description of the various animals found in New Guinea
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a close encounter with the Japanese Army
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to 'Major', regarding attending a fellow soldier's funeral
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to 'Major', regarding the food served to the troops overseas
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], regarding a description of the Melanesian children
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, concerning Gene's new job
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, regarding illustrations on how to 'get about in New Guinea'
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about receiving mail from her
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning mail service
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the food available to him in his camp
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the possibility of being relocated
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Nancye McDavid [Nancye Lee], about the homemade bracelet he sent her
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Sue McDavid [Sue Love], about a primary school in his camp
Letter from J.E. Maynard to Capt. O.C. McDavid, regarding being stationed in Florida
7 Correspondence May 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, about a boating trip he took with a general and other staff officers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his new position as the Division Medical Inspector
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding their son Gene
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, thanking her for sending pictures of the children
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about his transfer to another job
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a visit from a newspaper reporter from St. Louis
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a visit from General MacArthur
8 Correspondence May 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], about having tea with a native village 'master'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, about a visit to a native village
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about listening to Japanese radio broadcasts
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about not feeling the effects of the war going on around him
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning receiving the Daily News newspaper
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding attending a ceremony in which a Soldier's Medal was presented to a sergeant
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], regarding school and the weather in New Guinea
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the birthday telegram and package sent to him
9 Correspondence June 1944
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, about working to sanitize a nearby camp
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about seldom listening to war news
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning being unaware of an earthquake near him
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning going on a fishing trip
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning sending pictures home
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding hearing the news about the invasion of Normandy
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding not being able to develop photographs
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending a painting by a Papuan artist home
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the low threat of danger where he is stationed
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning an anniversary
10 Correspondence July 1944
Letter from [Andrew] to Capt. O. C. McDavid, regarding military life and mutual friends
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his recovery from a hernia operation
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about items he doesn't want her to send to him anymore
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about receiving a letter from a friend
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the 4th of July
Letter from Mrs. W.F. Voigt to Capt. O. C. McDavid, about wanting Inez and the children to visit
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Eva Sue McDavid [Sue Love], concerning a birthday greeting
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to George McDavid [Gene McDavid], regarding a birthday greeting
11 Correspondence August 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], concerning his daily routine as a hospital patient
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, concerning jokes and drawings from the 'Australia, National Journal'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about how much longer he would be in the hospital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about the possibility of being in the hospital two more weeks
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his hospital stay
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning how long he will be on light duty after returning to camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his hospital stay and lack of incoming mail
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding items he would like sent to him
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending a batch of pictures home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the benefits of his hospital stay
12 Correspondence August 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, regarding awaiting transportaion to get back with his camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being anxious to return to his camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being at the Replacement Depot awaiting transportation to his camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning finally having pictures to send home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his opinion that the war is far from being over
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the possibillity of one day crossing paths with his younger brother Andrew McDavid
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, describing the Red Cross Club in his division
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding being discharged from the hospital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his younger brother Andrew McDavid
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending a second batch of pictures home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the hospital's personnel
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding their son Gene
13 Correspondence September 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', describing the island's native people
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene and 'Girls', regarding arriving on a small isle in the Netherlands East Indies
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being aboard a ship again
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about making 'D' Day Landing
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about sightseeing around New Guinea
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning experiencing monsoon type weather
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his new position in the Public Relations Section
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his recovery from surgery
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a retirement announcement from the 'old man'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding being assigned to the Public Relations Section after returning to his outfit
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending souvenirs home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the good food served while aboard the ship
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the possibllity of his mother selling her home
14 Correspondence October 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', describing various recreational activites enjoyed by his camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about a temporary shortage of stamps
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about errors on the news clippings that were sent to him
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about newspaper clippings placing them on the island
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning meeting the chief of a native village
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning sending a white opal to have set in a ring for their daughter Carolyn's birthday
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning sending Christmas presents home for the children
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the invasion of the Phillippines
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the possibility of turning his letters into a children's book
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, responding to several letters received after a delay in mail service
15 Correspondence November 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', about being entertained at an Indonesian native festival during an overnight stay at their village
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', describing an Indonesian school
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Gene McDavid, about an incident of mistaken identity involving Gene
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about a few of his fellow officers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concernign the landing on Leyte
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his need for another camera
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his Thanksgiving Day
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning temporarily living with a medical company
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning the island being peaceful despite occasional air raids
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, expressing his disappointment of not receiving a response for his book idea
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding an incident involving Gene
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding being denied for a promotion
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his menu for Thanksgiving dinner
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Webb Holmes, regarding an incident of mistaken identity involving Gene McDavid
16 Correspondence December 1944
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], regarding Australian picture postcards to add to her collection
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid regarding sending photograph negatives for her to print
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about attending his first USO show
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being indecisive about accepting a job in a station hospital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about listening to different radio programs
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about two Christmas presents he received from a Dutch officer
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning a list of pictures sent home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning a list of prints he wants developed and sent
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning Christmas
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning definitely not being transferred
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, describing life on a ship
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding directing a sanitary detail crew made up of natives
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his plans for Christmas
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding not returning to the Medical Battalion and possibly transferring
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending photographs of his current location home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Nancye McDavid [Nancye Lee], describing an incident with a pet lizard named 'Alice Bluegown'
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence January 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', regarding the various insects and animals in his tent
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about having dinner with the 'L' Boys
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about sending various vegetable seeds that he could plant
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning photograph negatives for reprints
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding natives being killed in an air raid
2 Correspondence February 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], concerning monsoon season
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about the rainy season being upon them
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning censorship rules for newspaper articles
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a possible transfer
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding all of the camp's dogs having hookworms
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding enclosing photograph negatives for reprints
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his job
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, requesting for her to send him food
Letter written by Capt. O. C. McDavid (from the perspective of his dog Laki-Laki) to Little [Mackas]”
3 Correspondence March 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to [Jack], regarding a customary hair shaving ritual used to celebrate crossing the equator
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', regarding sending a booklet about Queen Wilhelmina's reign over the Netherlands kingdom
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], about aquaplaning
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being in the hospital again due to a fever and sore throat
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, blaming his inability to adapt to the climate change for his illness
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning his reaction to hearing about shipyard strikes
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning receiving his campaign star for the Battle of New Guinea
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning sending her a trinket to hang on a necklace
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, expressing regret for being separated from his kids for so long
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding troop landings in the Philippines
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, stating his belief that the war will be over by the time he is eligible for rotation
4 Correspondence April 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid about a letter he received from a fellow officer
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about receiving the news of President Roosevelt's death
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning attending church services on Easter Sunday
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning being frustrated with the inactivity and lonesomeness on the island
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning receiving a new job position
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, in which he writes about his friend 'Ole' Johnson
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a visit from a military friend
5 Correspondence April 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', describing the various aspects of the Philippines
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid and 'Kids', regarding a trip he took from camp headquarters to a provincial capital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to inez McDavid, concerning a visit to outlying villages to arrange for civilian laborers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, describing being present at a meeting between a high guerrilla leader and a pro-Japanese leader
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, explaining how he and twelve other soldiers captured a Korean soldier
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding arriving in the Philippines
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding spending the day aboard a Landing Ship, Tank in the harbor
6 Correspondence May 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to 'Kids', regarding sending items found in an abandoned Japanese hospital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about attending a dance organized by a group of native teachers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about his experience going through his first real battlefield
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about receiving a Moro Kris from a hired laborer as a token of appreciation for providing work for natives
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about receiving news about the Demobilization Plan
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding gifts he received from a councillor of a native village
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding Victory in Europe Day
7 Correspondence May 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid and 'Kids', about spending the night in an air corps transient camp
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about arriving on an island to begin his new job at a hospital
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about attending two overseas shows featuring an all soldier cast
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about several officers and nurses receiving orders to return back to the states
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning awaiting transportation to the hospital to begin his new job
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning getting aquainted with his new duites and fellow officers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, concerning receiving orders transfering him to the 155th Station hospital on another island
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding being uncertain of his discharge, due to the use of the military's 'point system'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending home souvenirs bought from a local market
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding the slow rate at which troops would be getting sent home due to the military's 'point system'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, stating that he is easily adjusting to his new position and describing his fellow officers
8 Correspondence June 1945, August 1945
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being a 'transient casual', waiting to be transferred to his next destination
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about being in contact with two of his fellow officers
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about running into a fellow officer from home
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding awaiting news about his orders
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding his hospital stay
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, informing her he would be home within a week
Western Union Telegram from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, stating he should be arrving home by Friday
9 Correspondence undated
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Carolyn McDavid [Carolyn Nix], about sending a native-woven change purse to her
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about attending church services while being on board a ship
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, about living life in the jungle as a 'transient casual'
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, detailing his previous travels after learning that censorship regulations had changed to allow it
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding a possible transfer
Letter from Capt. O. C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, regarding sending money home in order to buy Christmas gifts for the children
Letter from Capt. O.C. McDavid to Inez McDavid, including a poem he wrote



Correspondence to Captain O.C. McDavid 1944

Scope and Contents
Correspondence addressed to Captain O.C. McDavid is arranged alphabetically by author.
Box Folder
2 10 Correspondence 1944
Certificate entitling Capt. O.C. McDavid to possess Japanese military items that were found
Letter from Frank Green to Capt. O. C. McDavid, regarding sending pictures of his hometown for O. C.'s daughter
Letter from John C. Persons to Capt. O. C. McDavid, expressing appreciation for his loyalty, effort, and efficient work towards a successful divison
Letter from John C. Persons to Capt. O. C. McDavid, regarding commendation for successfully constructing, maintaining, and supervising the sanitary facilities in his camp
Letter from John C. Persons to the members of the 31st Infantry Division, informing them that he was relieved of his command and would be leaving the company
Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Webb J. Holmes to Capt. O. C. McDavid, regarding an incident involving his son
Letter from Mrs. M. Fruman to Capt. O. C. McDavid, regarding a fallen soldier named Jimmie



Newsletters

Scope and Contents
Newsletters and a fragment of a newsletter collected by Captain O.C. McDavid during his tour of duty are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 11 Newsletters 1944-1945, undated



Memorabilia

Scope and Contents
Memorabilia include items acquired by Captain O.C. McDavid during his time abroad serving in World War II.
Box Folder
2 12 Memorabilia 1944-1945, undated



Sketch

Scope and Contents
Included is a sketch drawn by Captain O.C. McDavid depicting facilities constructed in their military camp.
Box Folder
2 13 Sketch of facilities undated



Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Contents
Clippings include portions of articles related to soldiers in World War II, including a portion of a letter from Captain O.C. McDavid, and a cartoon.
Box Folder
2 14 Clippings 1944, undated



Compilation of Materials

Scope and Contents
Binder, assembled by O.C. McDavid’s son, includes photocopies of the various items in the collection as well as some items unavailable as originals in the collection.
Box Item
3 1 Letters from OC: The War Years--1940 through 1945, compiled by Gene McDavid