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James J. McFarland collection

 Collection — Box: 20.0009-Box 1
Identifier: 02-20.0009

Content Description

This collection relates to Major James J. McFarland who served with Headquarters, 59th Medical Battalion as a physician in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The collection contains letters written by McFarland to his future wife Joy McFarlane.


  • 1944-1945


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This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

James J. McFarland was born in Lebanon, TN on May 19, 1915. He served as a physician with the rank of Major with the U.S. Army 59th Medical Battalion in Europe and Memmingen, Germany after the end of the war in Europe. His duties included inspecting medical facilities. After the war, he continued in medical practice in the McLean, VA area. He passed away on August 25, 2001 in Fairfax, VA.

Joy Ann McFarland was born June 17, 1924 in Burkburnett Texas and grew up there and in Washington DC. She married Major James J. McFarland in 1945. The couple lived in McLean, VA where James practiced as a physician, and she worked as an artist. They were married for fifty six years before he passed away in 2001. Joy painted portraits, taught stitchery and restored art for the National Gallery of Art as well as the Smithsonian. She passed away on April 25, 2015 at her home in Monticello, Florida.


1 boxes

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James J. McFarland collection
Michael G. Kasper
December 29, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository