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Crispen Nissen papers

 Collection — Container: Letters/Diary
Identifier: 02-98.0704

Scope and Contents

Crispen Nissen served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 12th and 18th Weather Squadrons during World War II in the United States, England, North Africa, and Italy. This collection includes an original diary Nissen kept from 1941-1942, describing his daily thoughts, experiences, and observations about the general war effort. The collection also includes Vmail and handwritten letters, written by Nissen to his fiancee and future wife, Etrulia Ellis, as well as the letters she sent to him.


  • Created: 1941-1999
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/10/1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Crispen Nissen was born in England in 1914.  He entered service on June 19, 1941. He served in England (1942), North Africa (1942) and Italy (1944-1945). Crispen passed away on June 5, 2011, in Greeneville, TN.  During the war, he married his girlfriend Etrulia Ellis to whom Nissen corresponded. The letters written by Nissen reflect The letters detail their feelings for one another, their day-to-day experiences, and their plans for after the war. The letters also include much detail on Camp Life and Italian POWs in his area. A one-page "Veteran Questionnaire" completed by Nissen provides some information about his time of service.


1.00 boxes

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Crispen Nissen

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Crispen Nissen papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository