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[Photograph of Christmas Parade Float]

Description: Photograph of a Christmas parade float being towed by a car. The parade has the text "A Merry American Christmas," with a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty and a man dressed as Uncle Sam standing on it. The float was sponsored by Guy Mitchell Cleaners, Pure Milk Co., and Blue Bird Ice Cream.
Date: 1949~

[Photograph of Floyd Arnold "Jim" Crow]

Description: Photograph of W. V. Fort, Frank Bridges, and Floyd Arnold "Jim" Crow. They stand in front of a set of bleacher, Crow and Bridges with their hands behind their backs, while Fort has his in his suit pockets. All three wear suits, and Fort has a bow tie while the other two have ties.
Date: November 22, 1947

[Certificate Presented to Clara Evans Willis]

Description: Certificate awarded to Clara Evans Willis for her work with the USO during World War II. It reads: "In Recognition of Meritorious Service in USO War Work, this certificate is presented to Mrs. J. T. Willis. February 5, 1946." It is signed by the chairman and the president of the United Services Organization.
Date: February 5, 1946
Creator: United Services Organization

[Birthday Card to Johnie Louise Bruyere, December 24, 1945]

Description: A card addressed to Johnie Louise Bruyere on her birthday. It reads: "When someone has a friend like YOU/Steady, kind, staunch and true/A friend who can always understand/And gladly lends a helping hand./Then what a pleasure to express/Best wishes for your happiness/And what a pleasure to extend/Birthday greetings to you, my friend." It is signed "Miss Sallie." It has purple flowers on the front, as well as the words "Birthday Greetings to You."
Date: December 24, 1945

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, September 28, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr., on September 28, 1945, telling them that he'll be on a ship to come home in a couple of days. He details how the camp he's stationed at is set up, including German prisoners of war who do K. P. He sets the goal of starting his life over again, and bemoans his loss of a Sergeant rating due to his absence from his original camp, but decides he doesn't care since he'll be a civilian again soon. He is excited to be home in time for deer season.
Date: September 28, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, July 18, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on July 18, 1945. He explains how he and some friends have taken over two empty rooms in the shop they run for the military, and how because of this they live like officers. He tells about going on a picnic with a German secretary and her family, and an American-born Italian girl he met there. He also tells an anecdote about going to a co-worker's house to have dinner. He explains how the military weeded out Nazis from German POWs.
Date: July 18, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, May 13, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr., on May 13, 1945, detailing his time overseas. He worked in a plant for a while, then in a battery shop. After a while he broke his foot, and had it put in a cast, so he worked in a supply room until it healed. They were on their way to Oran when Italy fell, so they went on to Italy instead. After the invasion of southern France, his company moved to northern Italy and built the largest maintenance shop in Italy. In May 1945, he was in charge of the Tire and Battery Shop.
Date: May 13, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, February 5, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr., on February 5, 1945. He sends well wishes to a friend who has the chicken pox, and says he hasn't heard from his cousin Jimmie Kendrick since he went to Australia. He tells his parents about the food he ate the night before, and mentions that eggs are cheaper in Italy than they are in the U.S.
Date: February 5, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, January 3, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr., on January 3, 1945, apologizing for not writing sooner. He explains that they had to move the camp up, and that sometimes Italy can be pretty. They're camped near the mountains, and he's glad they aren't on them, because the snow must be cold. He confirms that he got the pictures they sent him, and hopes that everyone will be home for Christmas this year.
Date: January 3, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.