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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Biography, CD

Letters 1941-1945

Photographs 1941-2000

FSSF documents 1943-1982

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Clayton (James G.) Papers, 1941-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clayton, James G.
Title: Clayton (James G.) Papers
Dates: 1941-2000
Abstract: The James G. Clayton Papers, 1941-2000, consist largely of letters from his time with the 124th Cavalry in Texas through his service with the First Special Service Force. The collection also includes photographic prints, maps, and a few official military documents.
Accession No.: 2010-263
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James Griswold Clayton was born in Tahoka, Texas on June 29, 1919 and resided in O’Donnell, Texas. Clayton entered military service with the 124th Cavalry in January 1941. Clayton later joined the First Special Service Force (FSSF) and trained with Canadian forces in jump and mountain warfare training in Helena, Montana. The FSSF landed in Naples, Italy in 1943 and Clayton was wounded in the shoulder as the FSSF captured Mount La Defensa in December 1943. After hospitalization, Clayton rejoined the FSSF in defending the Anzio beachhead where he was again wounded in the leg. With the Allied invasion of Europe in June 1944, the FSSF captured Rome, Italy. After securing the southern French coast, the FSSF was deactivated in December 1944 due to a lack of trained replacements. After Germany was defeated in 1945, Clayton was sent to Norway to protect Germans from the Norwegians. James G. Clayton died in 2006.

Sources: “James G. Clayton - Special Forces - Roll of Honour”. http://www.specialforcesroh.com/image-7717.html(Accessed on November 1, 2010)

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Scope and Contents

The James G. Clayton Papers, 1941-2000, consist largely of letters from his time with the 124th Cavalry in Texas through his service with the First Special Service Force. The collection also includes photographic prints, maps, and a few official military documents.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged into 4 series:
  • I. Biography
  • II. Letters, 1941-1945
  • III. Photographs, 1941-2000
  • IV. FSSF documents, 1943-1982

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Subjects (Persons)
Clayton, James G.--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Allied Forces. Special Service Force, 1st
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Places
Anzio Beachhead, 1944
Helena (Mont.)
O’Donnell (Tex.)
Rome (Italy)
Tahoka (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clayton (Jame G.) Papers, 1941-2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, November 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 
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4Zf244 Biography, CD

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4Zf244 Letters 1941-1945
124th Cavalry 1941-1942
FSSF training 1942-1943
FSSF, Italy 1944
FSSF, France, Germany, Norway 1944-1945

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4Zf245 Photographs 1941-2000
FSSF training, Helena, Montana
Post-war

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4Zf245 FSSF documents 1943-1982

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