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Abell, Joshua Randolph, 1925-2003


biographical statement

b.11 Nov 1925 - d.6 Jun 2003. Hailed from Charlottesville, Virginia. Served on the USS LST-713 during WWII.

Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:

Ben Byrnes collection of Joshua Randolph Abell WW II letters

Identifier: 2010-023-1
Content Description

Consists of 27 WW2 handwritten letters and V-mail letters written by Joshua R. Abell, crewman on the USS LST-713 [a Naval tank landing ship commissioned on 7 August 1944. During World War II, LST-713 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater] to his mother Mrs. J. Earl Abell of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dates: 1944 - 1945

Letter fragment from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01

Identifier: 2010.023.1.9
Scope and Contents

"I found a world atlas map book with maps of the world and of 'World War II' in it in one of the compartments so here lately I've been looking at and studying it to help broaded my knowledge. You know there is a lot that one can learn from just studying maps."

Dates: 1945-01

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1944-12-31

Identifier: 2010.023.1.3
Scope and Contents

"...Today was the last day of my 'mess cooking' on LST-713. Wolfe, the guy from New Jersey, had the duty while I went on liberty...I am enclosing an article that I cut out of the paper or rather magazine, a sailor wrote about his ship as a sequence to Lincoln's 'Gettysburg Address'; however, he calls it the 'Sperrysburg Address'....

Press cutting enclosed: "Dear Ed: The below was cooked up by two of the men in my ship...Amen. Ben Robertson, CEM."

Dates: 1944-12-31

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-01

Identifier: 2010.023.1.4
Scope and Contents

"...At nine o'clock this morning we got paid. A paymaster from another ship came over and paid us. I drew twenty-nine bucks; when I get liberty I'm going to buy a couple pair of dungarees, candy, photo albums, and pictures of this place...There's a movie being shown topside now 'Take or Leave It\' but I'm noty going up to see it. This is one night that I'm going to hit my sack early...."

Dates: 1945-01-01

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-02

Identifier: 2010.023.1.5
Scope and Contents

"I've finally regaind the warmth back into the upper part of my body. I watched the movie topside sitting on the Conn with no shirt or skivvy on, so I got chilled clear to the bone by the breezy night air...Quite a few places are secured on the ship now so it makes it very inconvenient for us to have to go around when we want to go anyplace. Ships sure require a lot of time, money and care, painting and so forth. It doesn't take the deck paint very long to wear off...."

Dates: 1945-01-02

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-04

Identifier: 2010.023.1.6
Scope and Contents

"...After dinner I helped to scrape down the deck and chip the old paint off of the starboard 'main deck' and back on the 'fantail'. Then we got that painted with the yellow [chromicide] paint after securing from that at four p.m. We gave the ship a clean sweep-down 'fore and aft'. My back got right red as I had my shirt off while I was working topside...."

Dates: 1945-01-04

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-05

Identifier: 2010.023.1.7
Scope and Contents "...As yet I haven't heard a word from Frances Alwood...I still have hopes but if a letter doesn't arrive pretty soon from her it'll be a long, long time till I receive or will be able to mail any letters again. I think of Frances quite often and I do believe that I care a lot about her more than just mere friends...This morning, after quarters, we have quarters every morning--go up on the tank deck of the LCT that we have aboard and answer to the muster and get a list of the things that we...
Dates: 1945-01-05

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-06

Identifier: 2010.023.1.8
Scope and Contents

"...I helped to clean up the starboard scuttlebutt, small one-half size compartment where the water fountain is this morning. Then I painted on it till chow time...We got some new big records with radio programs recorded on them today--they aree good too. I've heard only two programs so far, 'Dinah Shore' and 'Spotlight Bands'. There are also a few old corny gay nineties records on board, too, sung by that girl who sings in the gay nineties revue on Monday nights...."

Dates: 1945-01-06

Letter from "Pete" to his mother, 1945-01-08

Identifier: 2010.023.1.9
Scope and Contents

"...Today all those men sleeping in the port troop sleeping compartments had to move to [aft] crews quarters as on the starboard side, as they will soon..." [remainder of the the sheet has been excised, possibly by the censor]

Dates: 1945-01-08

Additional filters:

Archival Object 39
Unprocessed Material 1
Collection 1
World War, 1939-1945. 40
World War, 1939-1945 -- Asiatic - Pacific Campaign 39
Special Collections -- Correspondence. 2
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives -- United States 2