Hoover Archives has completed processing the letters of James C. Myers, a Tech. 5 with the 993rd Army Signal Corps stationed in the Pacific from 1943-1945. Myers’ letters to his family in Cincinnati are an almost complete weekly log of base operations and observations from an American GI stationed a long way from his Midwestern hometown. Postcards, photographs, Chinese yuan, and even a lock of hair to his “number one gal” – Myers’ mother – make up this rich collection of a GI’s experience throughout India, China, and other parts of the China-Burma-India theater of battle during World War II. Myers’ talents as an artist, as well as a glimpse into everyday life outside of combat, are evident in his numerous sketches, drawings, portraits, and illustrations.
The above sketch of a horse and portrait of one of Myers’ many female correspondents are a small sample of the level of artistry, observation, and detail found in the collection.