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Jason M. Austin collection

 Collection — Container: 99.0655 Box 1
Identifier: 99.0655

Content Description

This collection contains letters, documents, poetry, and photographs related to the military service of Jason M. Austin who served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in the Pacific Campaign and the Korean War. The collection includes documentation regarding the overseas service of Austin with the African American Marines who were part of the First and Fourth Marine Depot based in the Russell Islands.


  • 1943-1999
  • Other: Date accessioned: 1999-12-01


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 / Historical

Jason M. Austin was born on November 20, 1915. Enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve prior to World War II, Austin attended Platoon Leaders Class at Quantico, Virginia in 1936 and 1938 before receiving a commission on September 20, 1938. Ordered to active duty on December 15, 1940, Austin served as an instructor at Basic School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Deployed to several bases before transferred overseas, Jones served with the Fourth Base Depot in the Russell Islands. He was reassigned to the Seventh Field Depot and took part in the battles of Saipan and Okinawa. Remaining in the Reserves after 1945, Austin was recalled to active-duty for the Korean War from August 1950 until June 1952. Austin passed away on December 13, 1996 and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio.


.25 Linear Feet

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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.

Jason M. Austin collection
G. Kurt Piehler
August 9, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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