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Manuscript Collections: Brigham

Edmund Brigham WWII Letters

Edmund T. “Brig” Brigham was born in Buffalo, New York on January 23, 1896 but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1920 he attended Gonzaga University and received his law degree in 1922. After Pearl Harbor, Brigham enlisted even though he was over the age for recruits. In March 1942, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Army Air Force and was a G2 intelligence officer in the 201st Bombardier Group. Brig wrote frequently to his family back home in Newport. He spent time at Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington and Muroc Air Force Base (now called Edwards Air Force Base) in California and then departed by ship to Wales.

He received special education training in England than was sent to Tunisia, North Africa in December 1942 and Italy in 1943. He became an instructor and was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1944 and later in Pratt, Kansas from 1944 to 1945. 

This collections contains the original letters between Edmund Brigham and his wife and three children during World War II. Letters include V-Mail correspondence with the microfilmed printouts. The letters show the difficulties of a person stationed out of the country and trying to maintain family relations.

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