James Carlton Owens, WWII Collection, 1911-1952 | East Texas Research Center
By Natasha McClanahan
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
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).
Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
Military decorations -- United States
Owens, James Carlton, 1911-1945 -- Correspondence
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean
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(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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