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John W. Jordan World War II letters

John W. Jordan World War II letters

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Finding aid for the John W. Jordan World War II letters

BC.MSS.09.05

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Jordan, John W., 1912-1988
Title: John W. Jordan World War II letters
Dates: 1941-1945; 1963
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains transcriptions of letters written during World War II.
Identification: BC.MSS.09.05
Language: English

Arrangement

The transcriptions of letters are arranged chronologically, followed by an alphabetic list of topics discussed in the letters. The miscellaneous materials follow in separate folders.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains transcriptions of letters written during World War II, with some miscellaneous accompanying material.


Biographical Information

John William Jordan was born April 20, 1912, in Missouri. During his first year of service in the United States Army, in 1941, Jordan became acquainted with Evorie Kirkham of Delight, Arkansas. He kept in touch with her during the four years and three months while he served in the Army. Entering as a private on February 8, 1941, Jordan became an X-ray technician with the Medical Corps, serving with the 11th Evacuation Hospital, which was based in Camp Robinson (North Little Rock). He was discharged November 5, 1941, but was recalled to active status after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jordan rose to the rank of sergeant (TEC4), and served in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. After receiving an honorable discharge in the summer of 1945, Jordan returned home and married Evorie on August 8, 1945, in Jackson County, Missouri. Jordan died in Houston, Texas, on March 31, 1988, and is buried in the Houston National Cemetery.

Evorie Kirkham was born October 29, 1917, in Delight, Arkansas. The Kirkham family was one of the founding families of the city. She corresponded with Jordan throughout the course of the war, saving the letters she received from him. On May 20, 1944, Kirkham was appointed postmaster of Delight, a position she held until her marriage to Jordan. After her husband’s death in Houston, she returned to Delight, although she died in Austin, Texas, on July 30, 2008. She is buried with John in the Houston National Cemetery.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Camp Joseph T. Robinson (Ark.)
Jordan, John W., 1912-1988
Kirkham, Evorie, 1917-2008
World War, 1939-1945 -- Arkansas.
World War, 1939-1945.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Jordan World War II letters, BC.MSS.09.05, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Suzanne Jordan, 2009


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