J.L. McCanless papers

J.L. McCanless papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: McCanless, J. L., (Jesse Luke)
Title: J.L. McCanless papers
Dates: 1942-1945
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet 1 half box
Coll. Number: ms2904

Biographical/Historical Note

Jesse Luke McCanless was a soldier with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, he resided in Canton, Georgia. He participated in the Normandy invasion, and travelled through France and Germany.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence from McCanless during his military service with the U.S. Army in World War II, to his father Leo McCanless, his stepmother Kathleen McCanless, and his Aunt Inez Doss, all of Canton, Georgia. From August 1942 - June 1944 McCanless wrote from various military training camps in the United States describing his training activities, the areas, and news of family and friends. After June 1944, McCanless wrote from England, France, Belgium, and Germany. His letters describe his trip overseas, the English countryside, the destruction in France, United Service Organization Shows, prices for commodities, V-E day and peace, his opinion of the German people, his duties questioning Germans to determine their role in the war, and his participation in the Normandy invasion and the destruction and casualties from the battle.

Index Terms

Military training camps--United States.
United Service Organizations (U.S.) .
United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945--Belgium.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945--England.
World War, 1939-1945--France.
World War, 1939-1945--Germany.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

J.L. McCanless papers, ms2904, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Correspondence, 1942
3Correspondence, 1943
4Correspondence, 1944 January - July
5Correspondence, 1944 August
6Correspondence, 1944 September
7Correspondence, 1944 October-November
8Correspondence, 1944 December
9Correspondence, 1945 January-February
10Correspondence, 1945 March-April
11Correspondence, 1945 May-August