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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence, 1942-1945

Other Materials, 1930-1941, 1997

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Harold O. Lee Papers, 1930-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lee, Harold, O.
Title: Harold O. Lee Papers
Dates: 1930-1997
Creator Abstract: Harold O. Lee enlisted in the armed forces after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He trained at Scott Field, Illinois, and later went to Europe and Africa to fight in World War II.
Content Abstract: Collection contains correspondence to and from Harold Lee, his parents, friends, and the War Department, as well as an autobiographical reminiscence, and a few photographs and newspaper clippings. The letters date from 1930 to 1990. The majority of the correspondence ranges from 1942 to 1945, consisting of Harold's letters to his parents chronicling his adventures and misadventures.
Identification: MS 136
Extent: 1.1 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Harold O. Lee enlisted in the armed forces after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was scheduled to depart for training 3 days after his 21st birthday on December 31, 1941. After his initial training at Dodd Field, Fort Sam Houston, and Sheperd Field, near Wichita Falls, Lee was sent to Scott Field, Illinois for his Air Corps training. It was there that he went to school to train for the Air Corps. After his schooling he was sent to England, arriving in Liverpool on August 1, 1942. It was here that he began to service radio equipment for the P-38's. In October of 1942 he was sent to North Africa aboard the USS Uruguay. During this time, Lee suffered a gasoline burn during a bombing raid, on Maisson Carrie near Algiers. He was severely burned, but after his recovery he continued his service. Lee finally achieved his goal of flight duty on May 27, 1943. After several months' duty, Lee's plane was shot down over Italy on August 19, 1943. He was sent to the Stalag 17B P.O.W. camp in Germany. Lee remained there until the Germans evacuated due to the Russian advance. The rear echelon of Patton's army rescued him shortly thereafter. Lee was released from the Air Corps on October 26, 1945, and he returned to Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1930 through 1997 and contains correspondence to and from Harold Lee, his parents, friends, and the War Department, as well as an autobiographical reminiscence, and a few photographs and newspaper clippings. The letters date from 1930 to 1990. The majority of the correspondence ranges from 1942 to 1945, consisting of Harold's letters to his parents chronicling his adventures, and misadventures. The correspondence reflects on his time in the service and in the P.O.W. camp. The letters from his parents are either written to him, or returned to sender due to his P.O.W. status. The War Department correspondence is made up of order forms for tobacco, food, and clothes, or informing Mr. and Mrs. Lee of their son's situation. There are several letters responding to Mrs. Lee's pleas for her son's safety, or knowledge of his whereabouts after his capture. There are also newspaper clippings and photographs. The newspaper clipping is on his return home. The photos are of him and his friends at home, or in the service.

The collection also contains small amount of materials from Harold's life before WWII. There are several report cards from school, and tax returns. There is a certificate for participation in an accountant's program. Finally, the collection contains a Reminiscence written by Harold Lee in March of 1997. This recounts Harold's story in more detail than the letters provide. He adds personal experiences with war buddies, in addition to an account of his precise movements during the war.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Correspondence
1.1. Letters by Harold O. Lee
1.2. Letters by Mr. or Mrs. Lee
1.3. Letters to Harold O. Lee
1.4. Letters to Mr. or Mrs. Lee
1.5. Telegrams by Harold O. Lee
1.6. Telegrams to Mr. or Mrs. Lee
Series 2. Other Materials
2.1. Newspaper Clippings
2.2. Reminiscence By Harold O. Lee
2.3. Report Cards
2.4. Stamps
2.5. Tax Information for Norman S. Lee (RESTRICTED)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Tax returns containing sensitive information have been removed to restricted materials.

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Harold O. Lee Papers must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Lee, Harold O.
Organizations
Stalag XVII B Krems-Gneixendorf.
United States. Army. Air Corps.
Subjects
Prisoners of war--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Clippings.
Telegrams.
Local Subjects
Military
San Antonio History
Texas History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harold O. Lee Papers, 1930-1990, MS 136, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Lesli Hicks in 2005 (Acc. 2005-038).

Processing Information

Processed by Megan A. Robida, June 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence, 1942-1945

Arranged chronologically.
Letters by Harold O. Lee
Box Folder
1 1 January 5, 1942-January 29, 1942
2 February 2, 1942-February 26, 1942
3 March 1, 1942-March 31, 1942
4 April 2, 1942-April 30, 1942
5 May 1, 1942-May 29, 1942
6 June 1, 1942-June 30, 1942
7 July 1, 1942-July 31, 1942
8 August 1, 1942-August 29, 1942
9 September 1, 1942-September 26, 1942
10 October 2, 1942-October 23, 1942
11 November 1, 1942-November 20, 1942
12 December 4, 1942-December 31, 1942
Box Folder
2 1 January 14, 1943-January 21, 1943
2 February 1, 1943-February 21, 1943
3 March 6, 1943-March 30, 1943
4 April 3, 1943-April 24, 1943
5 May 4, 1943-May 28, 1943
6 June 3, 1943-June 30, 1943
7 July 6, 1943-June 26, 1943
8 August 4, 1943-August 14, 1943
9 December 31, 1943
10 January 24, 1944-January 26, 1944
11 February 14, 1944-February 28, 1944
12 April 17, 1944
13 May 14, 1944
14 June 18, 1944-June 29, 1944
15 June 28, 1944
16 September 18, 1944
17 October 12, 1944-October 26, 1944
18 November 18, 1944
19 February 4, 1945
20 September 6, 1990
21 undated
Letters by Mr. or Mrs. Lee
Box Folder
2 22 May 6, 1942-May 9, 1942
23 July 15, 1942-July 28, 1942
24 August 1, 1943-August 31, 1943
25 September 3, 1943-September 30, 1943
26 October 3, 1943-October 30, 1943
Letters to Harold O. Lee
Box Folder
2 27 September and November 1943
Letters to Mr. or Mrs. Lee
Box Folder
2 28 November 19, 1939
29 May 27, 1940
30 May 9, 1941-June 29, 1941-November 28, 1941
31 June 25, 1942
32 July 13, 1942-July 29, 1942
33 August 18, 1942-August 21, 1942
34 September 4, 1942-September 29, 1942
Box Folder
3 35 October 31, 1942
36 November 8, 1942
37 January 5, 1943-January 17, 1943
38 February 3, 1943-February 24, 1943
39 March 31, 1943
40 April 30, 1943
41 May 6, 1943
42 June 1, 1943-June 12, 1943
43 July 1, 1943-July 29, 1943
44 August 8, 1943
45 September 1943
46 October 13, 1943-October 30, 1943
1 November 9, 1943-November 21, 1943
2 December 13, 1943-December 27, 1943
3 January 1, 1944-January 26, 1944
4 February 4, 1944
5 March 30, 1944
6 April 12, 1944
7 May 1, 1944-May 11, 1944
8 June 20, 1944
9 July 19, 1944
10 August 12, 1944
11 September 23, 1944
12 October 13, 1944
13 December 13, 1944-December 21, 1944
14 February 12, 1945
15 June 22, 1943
16 Undated
Telegrams by Harold O. Lee
Box Folder
3 20 July 6, 1942-January 16, 1943 and undated
Telegrams to Mr. or Mrs. Lee
Box Folder
3 21 January 7, 1944-February 16, 1945

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Other Materials, 1930-1941, 1997

Arranged alphabetically by format.
Box Folder
3 17 Newspaper clippings, undated
18 Reminiscence by Harold O. Lee, March 1997
19 Report Cards, Harold O. Lee, 1930-1936
22 Stamps, undated
23 RESTRICTED: Tax information for Norman S. Lee, 1940-1941

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