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Roger Luther Peters papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2018 Box, Folder: 18.0017
Identifier: 18.0017

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Private First Class Roger Luther Peters who served with the 1143rd Engineer Combat Group in the European Theater during World War II. The collection contains three short memoirs.


  • Created: 1945-2007
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945, 2002, 2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/21/2018


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Roger Luther Peters was born on August 24, 1923, in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa, to Luther Peters and Emelia C Larson (Peters).  Peters entered the U.S. Army on December 11, 1942, in Iowa City, IA. He served with the 1143rd Engineer Combat Group in Europe under the Ninth Army.

Most notably, in November 1944, the 1143rd was tasked with supervising the Army Stream Crossing School that taught the necessary skills for units in preparation for the Rhine River crossing. In order to train units for this operation, the school was established on the Maas River in the vicinity of Roermond and Maeseyck. The school taught all skills required from construction of bridges to operation of all watercraft to be utilized. The school operated continuously until March 1945 when the allies began crossing the Rhine River. In the spring and summer of 1945, the 1143rd was also attached to the British 2nd Army and the 18th Airborne Corps. In late 1945, the 1143rd was stationed in the Department of Marne, France. Peters continues to live in Nebraska. SOURCE:

Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Koch, IV, Richard P. 2014. Combat Engineers of World War II: Lessons on training and Mobilization.


1.00 folders

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Robert A. Peterson (Cousin of Roger Luther Peters)

Roger Luther Peters papers
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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