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William Ernest Spence papers

 Collection — Container: Letters/Documents/Photographs
Identifier: 02.06.0144

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to First Sergeant William Ernest Spence who served with the 11th Antiaircraft Auto Weapons Group in the European Theater during the World War II. The collection includes letters, foreign currency, military service documents, photographs, a newspaper, postcards, and ephemera.


  • 1939-1945
  • Majority of material found in 1942-1945
  • Date acquired: 07/17/2006


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute.  Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder.  Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

William Ernest Spence was born on December 9, 1912, in Blakely, Georgia. Prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, he was an employee with the War Department, South Atlantic Division, Office of the Division Engineer, S.A.D. Equipment Pool. After completing his military training he was assigned to the 11th AA Auto Weapons Group where, according to the family history, he participated in the Normandy landing, the Battle of Remagen, and the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of First Sergeant before being discharged on December 4, 1945. After the war, he married Ruth Peavy of Unadilla, GA (born July 25, 1925) on September 18, 1949. William Ernest Spence died on July 5, 1995, and is buried in Thomasville, GA.


1.00 boxes

Source of Acquisition

Kay S. Jordan

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US