Mildred and William H. Finger papers
Scope and Contents
The Mildred and William H. Finger papers detail Private William H. Finger's experiences as a member of Company E, 160th Infantry Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division in the United States Army during World War II. Finger provides insight into his time during basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama and his time spent overseas in the Philippines. His wife Mildred wrote back and forth to him about his family and the significance of letter writing while he is away from home. The collection contains letters and documents.
- Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1945
- Other: Date acquired: 08/28/2018
- Finger, William H. (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
William "Bill" H. Finger was born in 1925 in Tennessee and his wife Mildred was born on July 4, 1923. Mildred graduated from Stair Technical School while William enlisted into the United States Army in mid-1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Before William enlisted, Mildred worked at the Tennessee Eastman Company. William completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where Mildred visited him frequently. During mid-1944, William was sent overseas with the 160th Infantry Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division of the United States Army to the Philippines. While overseas, Mildred gave birth to their son William, Jr. "Billy." William was involved in the invasion of Lingayen Gulf in Luzon, the Philippines in January of 1945. After the war, he worked for the Alcoa Aluminum Company. Mildred passed away on June 24, 2017, and soon after on August 14, 2017, Bill passed away.
Language of Materials
Letters are arranged chronologically.
This collection was donated by Kerry Brown. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on August 28, 2018.
- Fort McClellan (Ala.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Fort Oglethorpe (Ga.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Letters Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lingayen Gulf (Philippines) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Tennessee Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Tennessee Eastman Company Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army--Military life Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Infantry Division, 40th Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 160th Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines--Luzon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mildred and William H. Finger papers
- Julianna Witt
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