Bascom Walden Sparkman collection
Scope and Contents
This collection relates to Staff Sergeant Bascom Walden Sparkman who served with Service Company, 753rd Tank Battalion, in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Southern France, and Germany during World War II. The 753rd served as a detached unit assigned as armored support for both the 36th and 45th Infantry Divisions. The collection includes letters sent from Sparkman to his wife Eleanor and his family. Letters from his family to Sparkman are also included. Furthermore, the collection includes documents, unit newspapers, diaries, postcards, personal items carried by Sparkman, and artifacts.
- Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1946
- Other: Date acquired: 05/29/2018
- Sparkman, Bascom Walden (Person)
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
Bascom Walden Sparkman was born on December 18, 1910, in Florida and was raised in Plant City. Sparkman married Eleanor Marguerite Murrill on July 25, 1937, in Mulberry, FL. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at Camp Blanding, FL induction center on June 18, 1941. Sparkman was then sent to Fort Knox, KY for basic training. Assigned to Service Company, 753rd Tank Battalion, he received additional training at Fort Polk, LA and Fort Hood, TX.
He departed overseas with his company on April 25, 1943. The company arrived at Arze, Algeria on May 30, 1943. Assigned to support the 45th Infantry Division, the company then landed on July 23, 1943, at Sicily, Italy. At the conclusion of the campaign, the 753rd Tank Battalion participated with the landings at Salerno, Italy on September 15, 1943, when it was assigned to the 36th Infantry Division. Sparkman participated with his company in the drive towards Rome and was present during the Cassino battles. Sparkman also participated in the landings of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in August 1944. He remained with his company through the campaigns in Germany and was discharged in June 1945. Sparkman passed away in Tampa, FL on November 13, 1984.
Language of Materials
This collection was donated by Susanne Sparkman Newell, daughter of Boscom Walden Sparkman. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on May 29, 2018.
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
- Camp Blanding (Fla.)
- Fort Knox (Ky.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Plant City (Fla.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Salerno, Battle of, Salerno, Italy, 1943 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Tampa (Fla.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Infantry Division, 36th
- United States. Army. Infantry Division, 45th Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Alsace Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Italy Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Italy--Sicily Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Food supply Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945--France Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bascom Walden Sparkman collection
- Michael G. Kasper
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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