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Bascom Walden Sparkman collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 18.0019

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.


  • 1942-1975
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/29/2018


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

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.


3 boxes

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Custodial History

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.

Custodial History

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

Bascom Walden Sparkman collection
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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