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Joseph E. Carland, Military Records

Identifier: MS-0321

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence and other materials sent to Ruth D. Carland prior to and after the death of her husband in World War II. Correspondence forms the largest part of the collection and is separated into letters from various offices of the War Department and from the Veterans' Association. Correspondence also includes burial information, benefits and claims information, and letters of condolence. Of interest is the telegram received reporting Pvt. Carland's death, letters from the Secretary of State regarding the purple heart Carland received posthumously, and a letter of condolence from Carland's chaplain. Files also include Ruth and Joseph Carland's marriage license. Books from the collection are cataloged separately.


  • 1941-2000
  • Majority of material found in 1945

Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Elwood Carland was born March 24, 1919 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, and graduated high school in 1938 with high honors and a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Agriculture College. He married Ruth Delight Whitney on April 5, 1941. On August 25, 1944 Carland was inducted into the United States Army, and arrived in England on March 7, 1945. Pvt. Joseph Elwood Carland, 26 years old, was killed in action on April 5, 1945 in the vicinity of Marburg, Germany, while his company was under attack. He was identified by his officers and his identification tags.


1.00 Boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States