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Guide to the Aaron R. Gould Letters ; Gould (Aaron R.) Letters

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Guide to the Aaron R. Gould Letters 1940-1944

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Letters
Creator: Aaron R. Gould, d.1944
Dates: 1940-1944
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Twenty three letters written by Private Gould, a Nez Perce Indian, to his father, Owen J. Gould, regarding army life during World War II. Also a printed broadside, Nez Perce County Honor Roll (1945).
Identification: MG332
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The letters were arranged chronologically and placed in two folders. An asterisk (*) following the entry in the following list indicates a typed letter.

Scope and Content

This record group consists of 23 letters, some typed, others handwritten, which Private Gould sent to his father, Owen J. Gould, in which he mentions family and friends, military camp activities, and his own feelings about the war. It is evident from reading the letters that some of them are missing.

In the first letter he says "I'm beginning to realize a lot of things since I came into this man's army. I guess a person goes through a lot of things in life." The sixth letter dated December l, 1941, he answers his father's question of why he wanted to enlist. He gives several reasons: he wanted to beat the draft; he hated the environment in Lapwai--not enough social life; jobs were scarce; the gang had joined and he wanted to go along; he wanted to do his part for the USA; then says the main reason was that his father had been in the army in the previous war.

In July 1944 he was granted a furlough and returned to Lapwai for a few days. In his letter of July 20 he mentions his visit and how hard it was to leave his fiancee. He also writes of the trouble he had with bus transportation getting back to Colorado, stating he got back late, but no one had said anything to him about it yet.

One of his last letters, dated November 23, 1944, was written on Thanksgiving, and he mentions his unit had procured a goose and potatoes for dinner, but the goose was so tough he fractured his jaw and one of the other men ruined his upper false teeth.

There are two other items in this collection, a letter from the Army effects bureau sending Aaron's property to his father, and a printed broadside Nez Perce County Honor Roll, World War II, which lists Gould along with other county residents who died in the war.


Administrative/Biographical History

Aaron R. Gould was a Nez Perce Indian from Lapwai, Idaho. From his induction into the army in 1940 until April of 1944 he was attached to Company M, 4th Infantry; during this time he was stationed at Ft. Wright, Spokane, Washington, and from 1941-March 1944 at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. When he was transferred to Camp Carson, Colorado, he was part of A.T. Company "Timberwolves", 414 Infantry. As a soldier in the European theater he was in the anti-tank field artillery. He was killed in action on December 9, 1944.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Native Americans

Gould, Aaron R., d. 1944--Archives.
Gould, Owen J.

Nez Percé Indians -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Alaska
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American

Administrative Information

Source

The letters of Private Aaron R. Gould, a Nez Perce Indian, were purchased from rare book dealer Charles Apfelbaum of Valley Stream, New York, in January 1993.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1940-1944
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1/11/1Ft. Wright, Spokane, Washington 1940 November 7
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1/21/2Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska* 1941 January 24
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1/31/3Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska* 1941 April 4
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1/41/4Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska 1941 July 9
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1/51/5Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska* 1941 October 19
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1/61/6Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska 1941 December 1
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1/71/7APO Seattle 1942 May 6
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1/81/8APO Seattle 1942 July 12
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1/91/9APO Seattle (Anchorage, Alaska pencilled on back of envelope 1942 August 13
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1/101/10APO Seattle* 1942 December 1914
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1/111/11APO Seattle 1943 March 10
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2/122/12Camp Carson, Colorado 1944 April 4
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2/132/13Camp Carson, Colorado 1944 June 15
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2/142/14Camp Carson, Colorado 1944 June 26
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2/152/15Camp Carson, Colorado 1944 July 20
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2/162/16Camp Carson, Colorado 1944 August 5
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2/172/17APO New York 1944 August 18
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2/182/18Somewhere in France 1944 October 7
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2/192/19Somewhere in Holland 1944 November 1
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2/202/20Somewhere in Holland 1944 November 2
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2/212/21Somewhere in Germany (Moresenet, pencilled on back of envelope) 1944 November 23
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2/222/22Somewhere in Germany 1944 November 28
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2/232/23Somewhere in Germany 1944 November 30
Series II. Other Items 1945
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3/243/24Letter from Army Effects Bureau 1945 April 19
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3/253/25Broadside: Nez Perce County Honor Roll, World War II 1945

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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