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

By Natasha McClanahan

Collection Overview

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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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(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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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
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