Thomas Heath collection

Thomas Heath collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Heath, Vivian
Title: Thomas Heath collection
Dates: 1938-1953
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversized box)
Abstract: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.
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 was a star athlete at both schools. 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.

The Thomas Heath Collection contains primarily the military records of First Lt. Tommy Heath who 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 was a star athlete at both schools. He worked as an athletic coach and later as an ROTC instructor at Mercer University in Macon. He married Vivian Deen of Alma, Ga. 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. He chose to return to active duty and was killed on Heartbreak Ridge on September 21, 1951.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a scrapbook compiled by Vivian Heath which includes most of the non-official records of his stay in Korea, as well as earlier clippings and keepsakes.


Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Heath collection, 1938-1953. MS 2263. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Claim reports
blank
 
2Discharges
 
3I.G. Check Lists
 
4Military records, 1946-1949
 
5Military records, 1950
 
6Military records, 1951
 
7Military records (to Vivian Heath), October 1951-May 1953
 
8Miscellaneous
 
9Pamphlet (for next of kin)
 
10Scrapbook (w/photocopies)
 
11Wallet (with id. cards), 1950
 
12Wallet (with id. & effects), 1951
 
Box
2Artifacts
Army uniform - tan (1)
Purple heart medals in boxes (2)
Silver star medal in box (1)
US flag (1)
American defense medal (1)
Lt. bar (1)
Campaign ribbons (2)
Small medals - no ID (2)
Frame with two pictures of man in military uniform