James Carlton Owens, WWII Collection, 1911-1952 | East Texas Research Center

By Natasha McClanahan

Collection Overview

Title: James Carlton Owens, WWII Collection, 1911-1952Add to your cart.

ID: A/161

Primary Creator: Owens, James Carlton (1911-1945)

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945, Military decorations -- United States, Owens, James Carlton, 1911-1945 -- Correspondence, Purple Heart, World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes letters from James Carlton Owens to his parents, wife, and children written during his Naval service in World War II. Also included are a letter from Rosa Lee Owens to James C. Owens, telegrams to the family from the military confirming the death of Owens, sympathy letters, military memorabilia, medals (including the Purple Heart), books, and certificates.

Collection Historical Note

James Carlton Owens of the Shady Grove community, Nacogdoches County, was born December 9, 1911, the son of William Jefferson Owens and May Elizabeth Holt Owens. In 1937, Owens married Rosa Lee Branton, and they had three children, Evie, Janie and James A. After entering the Navy during World War II, James C. Owens was killed during the invasion on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. Owens was first buried on Iwo Jima, but four years later his remains were returned to the United States where he was given a military graveside service at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

("James Carlton Owens, WWII Collection." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
Military decorations -- United States
Owens, James Carlton, 1911-1945 -- Correspondence
Purple Heart
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Bundle 1],
[All]

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, April 25, 1944- April 30, 1944Add to your cart.

April 25, 1944 [image]

April 26, 1944 [image]

April 27, 1944 [image]

April 30, 1944 [image]

Folder 2: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, May 3, 1944-May 14, 1944Add to your cart.

May 3, 1944 [image]

May 6, 1944 [image]

May 7, 1944 [image]

May 10, 1944 [image]

May 14, 1944 [image]

Folder 3: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, May 15, 1944-May 26, 1944Add to your cart.

May 15, 1944 [image]

May 21, 1944 [image]

May 24, 1944 [image]

May 26, 1944 [image]

Folder 4: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, May 30, 1944-June 12, 1944Add to your cart.

May 30, 1944 [image]

June 1, 1944 [image]

June 4, 1944 [image]

June 12, 1944 [image]

Folder 5: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, June 19-20, 1944Add to your cart.

June 19, 1944 [image]

June 19, 1944 [image]

June 19, 1944 [image]

June 19, 1944 [image]

Folder 6: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, June 21, 1944-July 1, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, July 2, 1944-July 18, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, July 23, 1944-July 30, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, August 3, 1944-August 23, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters and postcards from Owens to his parents, August 27, 1944-September 17, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters from Owens to his parents, September 27, 1944- October 11, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters from Owens to his parents, October 14, 1944-October 27, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Letters from Owens to his parents, November 3, 1944- November 20, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letters from Owens to his parents, November 23, 1944- December 16, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters from Owens to his parents, December 20, 1944- January 2, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Letters from Owens to his parents, January 7, 1945-February 12, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Postcards from Owens to his children, Evie, Janie and James, and a letter written by Evie to her father when she was 5 years old, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letters written to James Carlton Owens by his parents, William Jefferson Owens and May Elizabeth Holt Owens. (He was killed before they reached him and they were returned), February 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letter written to James Carlton Owens by his wife, Rosa Lee Branton Owens.  (He was already dead, so letter was returned), March 20, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 19a: Letter written to Mrs. James Carleton Owens by Otto Taylor to inform her of the death of her husband, April 11, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Letters written to Mr. Otto Taylor by Rosa Lee Owens, inquiring about her husband's death, April and May 1945Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Telegrams and a letter to the parents and wife of James Carlton Owens, informing them that he was missin, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Telegrams to Owens' wife and parents, confirming his death, 1945Add to your cart.
To his parents [image]
Folder 3: Letter to the parents of James Carlton Owens, regarding pension fund that they would receive, resulting from his death, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Telegrams and letters concerning the transport of James Carlton Owens' body to the United States, and the funeral services to be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1947-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sympathy letters and card from the government and a friend, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photocopy of James Carlton Owens' birth certificate and marriage record, 1911, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pictures of military personnel, Hawaiian scenes, and two collage pictures of a military campaign, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 7a: Formal picture of James Carlton Owens in uniform, 1944Add to your cart.
Photograph [image]
Folder 8: Military change of address form, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 1: Purple Heart Medal that was awarded to James Carlton Owens, with the original mailing container, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 2: Book entitled Britain's Homage to 28,000 American Dead.  Inscribed "In memory of J. Owens, U.S. Navy.", 1952Add to your cart.
Item 3: Book entitled Napalogue. Story of the USS Napa and her men. (Owens served on the Napa), 1946Add to your cart.
Item 4: Book entitled Men and Women in World War II from Nacogdoches County.  (In Memoriam dedication includes Owens)., 1946Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Military Memorabilia, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
U.S. silver certificate dollar from Hawaii,
Item 2: Military Memorabilia, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
"Pin-up Girl" memo book with family names and addresses and the stops made while aboard the U.S.S. Napa
Item 3: Military Memorabilia, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
military payment certificate for 5 cents, (date unknown, probably not part of original collection)
Item 4: Military Medals, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
World War II Service
Item 5: Military Medals, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Asiatic Pacific Campaign
Item 6: Military Medals, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
American Campaign
Item 7: Stencil of Owens' initials to mark his belongings, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 8: Pin with "sweetheart" on it and a suspended heart which appears to be ivory, marked with an anchor inscribed USA, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 9: Pin with "Mother" on it, appears to be Mother of Pearl, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Clothes Stop," used for tying hand-washed laundry to a clothesline. Could also be used to practice tying knots, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 11: Small bottle that may have contained quinine pills, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 12: Naval (Marine) wallet which contains pictures of James Carlton Owens' wife and children, and an identification card, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Item 13: Bible with a metal plate over the front (to deter bullets, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Bundle 1Add to your cart.

(1) Owens' grammar school certificate, Shady Grove, 1929

(2) State of Texas certificate to place Owen's name on roll of honor for war dead, 1945.

(3) Memorial signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945.

(4) Formal photograph of James Carlton Owens' Naval Company, 1944.

(5) The Daily Sentinel first page announcing the death of James C. Owens, during active duty, April 24, 1945.

(6) Letter, form and certificate [image] relating to award of Purple Heart to James Carlton Owens, 1945. (3 items; Original certificate container out of folder)


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