Finding Aid to the Marshall B. Holland Collection, 1941-1952, MS 3128

Finding Aid to the Marshall B. Holland Collection, 1941-1952, MS 3128

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Collection summary

Title

Marshall B. Holland Collection

Creator

Buechner, Anthony W.

Call number

MS 3128

Inclusive dates

1941-1952

Bulk dates

1941-1945

Extent

1 box, 13 folders.

Abstract

Contains correspondence from Marshall B. Holland to his family during his service in World War II.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Anthony W. Buechner, June, 2013.

Accession number

2013-023-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, August, 2013.

Biographical Note

Marshall B. Holland, born on January 17, 1925, grew up in Hampstead, Maryland and served in the United States Army during World War II in the Second Combat Replacement Company. He attended school until the eighth grade and dropped out in 1932. Before enlisting with the army, Holland worked for the Western Maryland Railway Company in Port Covington, Maryland as a carman. He joined the army on August 22, 1941 and began his military career at Keesler Air Field in Biloxi, Mississippi. There, he went through basic Army Air Force basic training. In 1942, he transferred to the Victorville Army Flying School in California, where he received further training and worked as a stock clerk. Holland was sent to Europe in 1944. With the army, he trekked across France and Germany. Holland was released from service on December 10, 1945, and returned to his job with the Western Maryland railroad. He married Elise Shaffer, but was killed on August 25, 1956 in a railway accident.

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters from Marshall Holland to his sister, Arzella Buechner, her husband, Anthony and their son, Anthony Jr. (the donor of the collection), during his service during World War II. The letters describe his daily life while training at various air force bases in the United States and documents his movements throughout Europe during his deployment in 1944-1945. Many of the letters written by Holland were sent via V-mail, or Victory mail. His service medals are also included, as well as a yearbook for the Victorville Flying School from 1942.

The letters are organized chronologically by year. Official army documents and ephemera materials are also grouped together. Photographs from the collection have been removed to the Marshall Holland photograph collection, PP 19.  

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Holland, Marshall identification card

1941, Aug. 18

1

1

U. S. Army Separation Qualification Record

1945, Dec. 10

1

2

Holland, Marshall letters

1941, Sept.-Dec.

1

3

Holland, Marshall letters

1942, Jan.-June

1

4

Holland, Marshall letters

1942, June-Dec.

1

5

Holland, Marshall letters

1943, Jan.-March

1

6

Holland, Marshall letters

1943, May-Dec.

1

7

Holland, Marshall letters

1944, Jan.-Dec.

1

8

Holland, Marshall letters

1945, March-Sept.

1

9

Envelope addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Holland

1952, Feb.

1

10

Holland, Marshall service medals

No date

1

11

Victorville Flying School Christmas dinner menu

1942

1

12

Victorville Flying School yearbook

1942

1

13