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Arthur Eason papers

 Collection — Container: Letters/Documents/Photographs
Identifier: 02-99.0271

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several different types of documents that refer to the attack on the American 106th Division in St. Vith, Germany on December 16, 1944. The attack on the 422nd, 423rd, and 424th Infantry Regiments of the 106th Division resulted in 8,663 casualties, 416 deaths, 1,246 injuries, and 7,001 soldiers M.I.A. (missing in action).  Pvt. Arthur Eason was captured and transferred to P.O.W. (prisoner of war) camps. Eason was transferred to the Stalag IV B camp in Northeastern Germany. He was among several other POW's from British and Russian battalions. These documents include personal letters, diary entries, official government documents of correspondence, maps, European currency, and newspaper clippings.


  • Created: 1944-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/01/1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

Arthur Eason was born February 5, 1922. Before the war, he lived in Bradford, Pennsylvania with his wife, Betty (referred to as "Betts" in his letters) and his young son David. He was stationed in Ft. Dix, New Jersey and placed in the 423rd Infantry Regiment in the 106th Division of the United States Army. On December 16, 1944, the 422nd, 423rd, and 424th Infantry Regiments were attacked by German soldiers in St. Vith, Germany. Eason was captured and placed in the POW camp Stalag (German abbreiviation for enemy non-commisioned soldiers) IV B. Eason and the rest of the camp were liberated on April 23, 1945 by the Soviet Red Army. He returned to New York in 1945 from Le Harve, France.


1.00 boxes

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Source of Acquisition

David A. Eason

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience.

Processing Information

Entered 06/02/17.

Arthur Eason papers
Grant Cooper
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository