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],

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.

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