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Calbert C. Morlan Letters,

Identifier: Ms-0371

Scope and Content

The Calbert C. Morlan Letters span the years 1943-1946. The bulk of the letters are dated 1944-1945, and are addressed to Morlan's mother Rosie Morlan. Additional letters are addressed to Morlan's siblings, Opal and Earl, and his father Ernie.

The letters were sent to Albuquerque from England, France, Germany, and Fort Bliss, Texas, where Morlan was stationed. There is limited mention of daily army life in Morlan's letters. In one letter he lists places in France he passed through after sailing from England. He also records hospital stays and some observations of France.

The overall tone of the letters changes drastically midway through 1944. After this time many of the letters contain embittered and at some times violent language towards himself and his family members.

The 1946 letters from Fort Bliss contain none of the harsh language, and Morlan comments that he is planning on reenlisting in the army for another two years.


  • 1943-1946

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Biographical Sketch

Calbert C. Morlan was born September 2, 1923, to Ernie and Rosie Morlan. The family apparently lived in Raton, New Mexico, but were living in Albuquerque, New Mexico by 1943.

During the second world war Morlan served in the 43rd Depot Supply Squad in the European theater.

Morton died in June 1986 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


1.5 inches, 189 items


World War II serviceman's letters to his family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sent from England, France, Germany, and Fort Bliss, Texas.


  1. RG99-163 Charles Apfelbaum


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  4. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8006
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Register of the Calbert C. Morlan Letters, 1943-1946
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Processed by Marah deMeule and Christine Moreland-Bruhnke
© 2001
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA