Thomas Heath collection

Thomas Heath collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Heath, Vivian
Title: Thomas Heath collection
Dates: 1938-1953
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet 1 document box, 1 oversized box
Coll. Number: ms2263

Biographical/Historical Note

First Lt. Tommy Heath served in Europe in World War II and was killed in the Korean War. Heath was born in Tonkawa, Oklahoma in 1918 and graduated from high school there in 1938. He graduated from Northern Oklahoma Junior College in 1940. He worked as an athletic coach and later an ROTC instructor at Mercer University in Macon. He married Vivian Deen of Alma, Georgia in 1947. Heath saw action at the Normandy beachhead and earned his commission while in Europe. In November 1950 he was sent overseas and was wounded on February 17, 1951. He chose to return to active duty and was killed on Heartbreak Ridge on September 21, 1951.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Vivian Heath which includes most of the non-official records of First Lt. Tommy Heath's stay in Korea, as well as earlier clippings and keepsakes.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Heath, Thomas, d. 1951
Korean War, 1950-1953--Casualties--Georgia.
Mercer University. -- Faculty
Military records.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Thomas Heath collection, ms2263, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Claim reports
3I.G. Check Lists
4Military records, 1946-1949
5Military records, 1950
6Military records, 1951
7Military records - to Vivian Heath, 1951-1953
9Pamphlet - for next of kin
10Scrapbook with photocopies
11Wallet with identification cards, 1950
12Wallet with identification and effects, 1951
2Army uniform - tan (1)
Purple heart medals in boxes (2)
Silver star medal in box (1)
U.S. flag (1)
American defense medal (1)
Lieutenant's bar (1)
Campaign ribbons (2)
Small medals - unknown (2)
Frame with two pictures of man in military uniform