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Elmer Hubbard papers

Identifier: 98.0392

Scope and Contents

Elmer Hubbard served as Radioman Second Class in the US Navy's 1st Naval Beach Battalion in the Mediterranean and European Theaters, as well as the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Buckingham attack ship during World War II. Hubbard participated in the amphibious landings at Anzio, Salerno, and Southern France. The collection consists of original wartime transcribed, typed, and mimeographed letters from original handwritten letters Hubbard wrote to his parents.


  • created: 1943-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/13/1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all reseaerchers.

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

Elmer Hubbard was born on January 11, 1916 in San Bernardino, CA. He entered service in the U.S. Navy in July 1942 in Los Angeles, CA. Hubbard trained at San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Wisconsin, and Florida. From 1943 to 1945, he fought in many amphibious operations and in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, South France (Operation Dragoon), and Palermo. After Germany's surrender, Hubbard began training for being shipped to the Pacific Theater, and first went to Oregon, and afterward, traveled to Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipan.

Hubbard's letters include the detailed descriptions of beach landings that made it past the censors, as well as a description of the fighting at Salerno and Anzio. In Italy, Hubbard helped to guard Italian POWs at Agrigento, and he expresses his opinions on Italian and German citizens in his letters. He provides a detailed description of Naples, Italy during 1944. Hubbard passed away on October 3, 2002 in Orange, 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

Elmer Hubbard

Method of Acquisition



Elmer Hubbard papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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