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Connie Murphy World War II letters

Identifier: RB-8041

Scope and Contents

This collection of 51 letters were written by Boston native Connie Murphy to his sweetheart Ruth Lacy. The letters are dated from 1941 to 1943 and detail Murphy's time with the U.S. Navy from early training days in Rhode Island through his time with the Hospital Corps in Australia. After joining the Navy, Murphy entered the Hospital Corps. Early on, he tested to be part of a pharmacy program through the Navy where, as a cadet, he spent half his duty studying and working at a naval hospital and the other half at sea. His letters discuss his feelings towards his shipmates on the U.S.S. Constellation, as well as how much he misses her. Murphy also tells Ruth about his jaunts into town and his meetings with foreign military men. He writes about the death of fallen sailors and missing comrades.


  • 1941-1943


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Biographical / Historical

Connie Murphy was from Boston, Massachusetts, and served in the U.S. Navy as part of the Hospital Corps, as well as in a Marine medical company, during World War II.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Between the Covers Rare Books, 2022.

Processing Information

Anna Smith, 2022.

Connie Murphy World War II letters
Anna Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository