Scarce & Sad 83rd Id Kia Paper Grouping Combat Medic Ww2 330th Inf Md Normandy For Sale
Very interesting paperwork and document grouping to a Combat Medic KIA in the Normandy Campaign. I purchased these items here on during 2009 when a very large grouping was being listed piece by single piece and sold here. I bought what I could, but competition was fierce and there were many, many items offered. This listing is for all that I have here as a grouping in this single lot. All of these items relate to Corporal William J. Gould of Los Angeles, California who enlisted in the US Army on 10 January 1944 and was killed in action while serving with the Medical Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division on 8 August 1944 in Normandy, France. The 83rd Infantry "Thunderbolt Division" landed on Omaha Beach on D+12 (18 June 1944) and was heavily engaged in the Hedgerow Fighting that characterized much of the Normandy Campaign. There are 15 items in this grouping and all that I have is offered here. I do not know the location of Gould's decorations, badges, and awards. The grouping consists of the following:
- Declaration of Intent regarding ROTC and Military Service document from the University of California, Los Angeles dated 7 December 1942 regarding William J. Gould's future Army service. Signed by both William and James W. Gould (his father).
- Record of Interview document from the University of California, Los Angeles dated 1 November 1943 regarding Gould's enrollment as a PreMed student.
- Two page, double sided letter with envelope from William J. Gould to his Mother, (addressed to Mrs. James W. Gould) dated 10 April 1944. The letter was sent from Camp Fanning, Texas where Gould was receiving training.
- One page, double sided letter with envelope from Gould to his Mother, (addressed to Faye Y. Gould) dated 4 March 1944. The letter was sent from Camp Fanning, Texas where Gould was receiving training.
- Three page, double sided letter with envelope from Gould to his father, (addressed to James W. Gould) dated 1 May 1944. The letter was sent from Camp Fanning, Texas where Gould was receiving training.
- Two page, double sided letter with envelope from Gould to his father, dated 19 May 1944. The letter was sent from Camp Fanning, Texas where Gould was receiving training.
- Two page, double sided letter on US Army Ft Meade stationary with envelope from Gould to his father, dated 11 June 1944. The letter was sent from Fort Meade, Maryland, where Gould was in final preparation for departing for France. Letter speaks of missing family.
- Two page, double sided letter from Faye and James Gould to William J. Gould dated 26 June 1944. The letter in part mentions information regarding another family member who is serving in the Pacific and recently participated in a "raid" against Japan.
- Two page, double sided letter with envelope from James Gould to William J. Gould dated 27 June 1944. The envelope is stamped return to sender and also has the a handwritten annotation "Deceased" with the initial IEA and 1st Lt Inf. Along with the letter is a newspaper clipping with Abbie an Slats, Terry and the Pirates, and Smilin' Jack comic strips. Tattered envelope with good letter content.
- V-Mail letter and envelope to Gould from his father dated 22 August 1944. Poignant content asking son to write when he can and noting that it has been over a week since the family had heard from him. Heartbreaking.
- Two page, double sided letter on US Army stationary with envelope from Lieutenant Thomas V. Denny (a family member) to James W. Gould dated 13 October 1944. The letter was sent from Camp Burton, North Carolina, and expresses sympathy regarding the death of Corporal Gould.
- V-Mail envelope (no letter) dated 5 February 1945 with Return to Sender stampings and other annotations.
- Los Angeles Times Newspaper, Young Timers magazine insert dated November 1945 (Armistice Edition). A 16 page staple bound magazine which details information regarding the military service of young men who had previously worked as paper carriers for the LA Times. Page 2 has a photograph of William Gould in uniform and mentions that he was Killed in Action and the price of freedom. Anecdotal information indicates that the young man on the cover of the magazine is also Gould as a boy delivering newspapers. There is certainly a striking resemblance.
- One page typed letter from Mrs. James W. Gould to Audrey E. Tomes dated 6 February 1948. Tomes served with Corporal Gould and the letter is seeking information regarding any details of his service and circumstances of his death.
- Small Sympathy Card (undated) from the firm of Wm. R. Whitaker & Employees
Several of the items indicate that Corporal Gould was assigned to the 330th Infantry Regiment, Medical Detachment at the time of his death. He was KIA in the area St. Malo and his remains were permanently interred at the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France. Nice paperwork grouping with excellent detailed information and heart wrenching poignant content. All of the letters, documents, and envelopes show some wear and age but all are legible for reading and in acceptable condition for their age. No unnecessary abuse or damage. Just the normal wear associated with paper items that are 60 years old. Everything has been stored flat and are from a smoke free Environment. Scarce grouping to a combat medic KIA in Normandy. Perhaps these items can be reunited with some of the others that were pieced out here a few years ago. A small amount of internet research is also included in the grouping. Bargain basement starting offer price and never a reserve. You will not be disappointed in this grouping! Please see my other sales for additional military collectables. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or require additional information. Winning buyer to pay $6.00 USPS Priority Mail shipping with Tracking Service. I am always apply to combine postage for multiple items. Please review my response and offer with confidence. Thanks for looking ......
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