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Joseph Peters papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2007 Box 1 (07.0001-07.0074), Folder: 07.0073 - Folder 1
Identifier: 07.0073

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an unpublished biography of Joseph Peters entitled "An Ordinary Hero." Peters served as a medical doctor in the Philippines during World War II and retired a Colonel. The collection also includes a letter about his 1952 retirement and a letter to his daughter about an injury stating that the initial injury was sustained upon capture by the Japanese in 1942.


  • Created: 1941-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/29/2007


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

Joseph Peters was born on March 10, 1909. He served in the Philippines prior to the invasion by Japan as a medical doctor. He was wounded in the back by a Japanese soldier who hit him with his rifle the day that he was incarcerated. After becoming a prisoner of war, Peters survived the Bataan Death March and internment in a Japanese prison camp. His medals include a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, and a Philippine Defense Medal. Peters passed away on February 11, 1980, in San Diego, CA.


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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

Joseph Peters

Method of Acquisition


Joseph Peters papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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