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William Ernest Spence papers

 Collection — Box: 06.0144
Identifier: 06.0144

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to First Sergeant William Ernest Spence who served with the 11th Antiaircraft Auto Weapons Group in the European Theater during the World War II. The collection includes letters, foreign currency, military service documents, photographs, a newspaper, postcards, and ephemera.


  • Created: 1939-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 2006-07-17


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

William Ernest Spence was born on December 9, 1912, in Blakely, Georgia. Prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, he was an employee with the War Department, South Atlantic Division, Office of the Division Engineer, S.A.D. Equipment Pool. After completing his military training he was assigned to the 11th AA Auto Weapons Group where, according to the family history, he participated in the Normandy landing, the Battle of Remagen, and the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of First Sergeant before being discharged on December 4, 1945. After the war, he married Ruth Peavy of Unadilla, GA (born July 25, 1925) on September 18, 1949. William Ernest Spence died on July 5, 1995, and is buried in Thomasville, GA.


.25 Linear Feet (1 quarter box)

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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

Kay S. Jordan

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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