La Daw Bridges collection of World War II correspondence, 1940-1952 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The La Daw Bridges collection consists of letters, cards and v-mails written to Mrs. Bridges and her family from military personnel, most of whom had played on one of her husband's athletic teams at Carbondale Community High School prior to their tour of duty. These letters date from 1940 to 1952. Although the bulk of the writings are from the World War II era, there is one card from a soldier involved in the Korean War. The writings in this collection provide various perspectives on the war across different theaters, locations and situations.
In addition to a host of narratives and accounts about their experiences in various theaters of war, these men also wrote about life in Southern Illinois. Pages are lined with inquiries about old teammates and current events with statements about Carbondale and the surrounding area characterized by a longing to be back home. Thus the correspondence found in this collection not only sheds light on the attitudes and beliefs of area soldiers who served during the second world war, but also offers a glimpse of Southern Illinois during that time in our nations history.