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Howard E. Morgan Collection

 Collection — Container: 02.0077 - Box 1
Identifier: 02.0077

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters, photos, POW manuscripts, Morgan's Diary, newspaper articles, telegraphs, and prison camp postcards. Also contained are correspondence letters written between members of the 17th Pursuit Squadron throughout the decades following the end of the Second World War.  It covers the years 1939-2001.


  • Created: 1939-2002
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/05/2002


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

Howard Morgan was born on August 11, 1920, in Georgetown, Illinois. He died on June 23, 1999, Gloucester County, Virginia. Howard Morgan enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939 and received his training to be a budget analyst in Denver, Colorado. Before serving in the Pacific Theatre, Morgan was stationed at Rantoul, IL, Greenville, MS, Lockhart, TX, and Langley A&B, VA. On December 6, 1940, Morgan arrived at Nichols Field in Manila, Philippines. A member of the 17th Pursuit Squadron, he was incarcerated by the Japanese at the fall of Bataan in 1942. He was among thousands of American POWs and Filipinos forced to suffer the eighty-mile Bataan Death March north to the prison camp, Cabanatuan. He was later transferred to Bilibid and was among the few lucky POWs who remained interned in the Philippines and were not transferred to Japan. Here he performed office duties for the Japanese.


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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

Hazel A. Morgan

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Institute

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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