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


Browse by Box:

[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.

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[Box 3],
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