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Archie William Birchwood collection

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2009 Box, Folder: 09.0165 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-09.0165

Content Description

This collection relates to Archie William Birchwood who served with the U.S. Coast Guard as a border patrolman and the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. With the Coast Guard, Birchwood searched for illegal immigrants along the Coast of Florida between Miami and Pensacola. This collection includes an oral history transcript and supporting documents including radio licenses, salary, and a merchant passport.


  • 1937-1946


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 consitute 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 / Historical

Archie William Birchwood was born March 31, 1917 in Jacksonville, Florida. Birchwood worked for the U.S. Border Patrol searching for illegal immigrants with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marine Service as a radio operator between 1937-1946. His service took him to locations including Aruba, Mexico, Cuba, Florida, New York, Texas, Boston, Baltimore, England, and Scotland. He served on multiple ships including the Amelia, Delphina, Dolomight, Holton, Shickskinny, Argon, John Leckie, and Georgia. He married Mary June Hinson Birchwood. Archie William Birchwood passed away on November 22nd, 2011 at the age of 94 in Saint Cloud, Florida.


1 folders (1 expanding folder)

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Archie W. Birchwood collection
Beatrice Dain
February 10, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Florida State University
Room 401 BEL, 113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee FL 32306 US