Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
Publication Date: September 2014
Wallace Reid papers
University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama
0.4 Linear feet
Letters, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and other World War II materials belonging to this Locust Fork, Alabama, soldier.
Reid, Wallace, 1925-
The Wallace Reid papers include letters, scrapbook pages, greeting cards, World War II souvenirs from Europe, photographs, and a handwritten memoirs. All of the materials document Reid's involvement in World War II. Almost all of the letters were written by Reid to his parents. Despite the fact that he often wrote these before, during, and after battles, Reid clearly tried to remain positive in his letters to prevent his parents from worrying about him. His memoirs addresses this and provides the more horrific details of his experience.
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Born in 1925 in Locust Fork, Alabama, Wallace Reid is the youngest of eight children. His older brothers Bryson and Tracy ("Ted") had already joined the military when he reported for duty on October 7, 1943, at the Tarrant City draft board. He was eighteen years old. He had been working at Kinney's Shoe Store for a year after graduating from high school. His parents were sixty-one and fifty-nine, and his mother was unwell, living at a nursing home. His father had worked as a prison guard.
V-E Day, 1945
World War II
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy
World War, 1939-1945--Medical care
Letters: March - April 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 1
Letters: May - August 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 2
Letters: September - October 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 3
Letters: November - December 1944 and undated 1944 Box 4030.001 Folder 4
Letters: February -April 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 5
Letters: May - August 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 6
Letters: September - December 1945 Box 4030.001 Folder 7
Letter fragment and miscellaneous envelopes Box 4030.001 Folder 8
Greeting Cards and Postcards Box 4030.001 Folder 9
Scrapbook Pages Box 4030.001 Folder 10
Scrapbook Pages Box 4030.001 Folder 11
Souvenirs Box 4030.001 Folder 12
Souvenirs from Europe Box 4030.001 Folder 13
Photos Box 4030.001 Folder 14
IDs and Miscellaneous Papers Box 4030.001 Folder 15
Memoirs (red notebook) Box 4030.01 Folder 16