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],
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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.

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