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Alvin Dudley Tipton World War II photographs and papers

Identifier: AC-466

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Alvin Dudley Tipton Papers cover his two and a half years serving in the Armed Forces during World War II. This collection also depicts the relationship between army friends as Tipton named his second son after one. Besides the original microfilm reel of photographs and documents, there are user CD copies of these items in Box 4. NOTE: His name was spelled Alvine on Birth Certificate, but Alvin on all other documents.


  • 1920-1945, undated

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

No interlibrary loan.

Copyright Notice

Copyright of materials are governed by applicable federal laws.

Biographical Note

Alvin Dudley Tipton (17 October 1920-23 April 2008) was born the eighth child of general store merchant Hood and Rebecca McIntosh Tipton in Ravenna of Estill County, Kentucky. His name was spelled "Alvine" on his birth certificate. Tipton was called "Dudley" or "Dud." On 25 July 1942, he married Hazel Walters in Irvine, Kentucky, which is northwest of Tipton's birthplace.

During World War II, he served as a Private First Class in the 95th Infantry Division, Battery C, 359th Field Artillery Battalion. Major General Harry L. Twaddle was his commanding officer. In December 1942, he trained at the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served overseas from August 1944 to June 1945. He participated in the Rhineland Battle Campaign (15 September 1944-21 March 1945), the final assault against the Nazi homeland, as a member of the Third Army under Lt. General George S. Patton. During this campaign, he was awarded the bronze star on three occasions. Tipton was honorably discharged as a Technician Fifth Grade from Battery C, 359th Field Artillery Battalion in Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1945.

After the war, he returned to Ravenna and ,with his wife, raised four children, Virgil Tyrone (born 1943), Rebecca Gayle Bishop (born 1944-5), Michael Bea (born 1950), and Jesse Lynn Puckett. He worked as a car man of CSX Railroad and was also a member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church. He was buried in the Tipton family cemetery in Estill County, Kentucky.

Chronology List

17 October 1920
Alvine Dudley Tipton born in Estill County, Kentucky
25 July 1942
Tipton married Hazel Walters
October 1942
Tipton classified as a Class I-A by the Local Board
Novmeber 1942
Tipton was inducted to the army in Cincinnati, Ohio
December 1942
Tipton trained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in basic training, fire arms, defense against chemical attack, and wire communications
Fall 1943
Tipton's furlough
Tipton's furlough
Tipton's battalion participated in the Battle of Metz, France
June 1945
Tipton's battalion departed from Le Havre, France from United States on SS Mariposa
16 September 1945
Tipton was honorably discharged as a Technician Fifth Grade from Battery C, 359th Field Artillery Battalion in Camp Atterbury, Indiana
23 April 2008
Tipton died


3 Linear Feet (2 manuscripts, 1 shoebox, and 1 large oversize box)

Language of Materials



Alvin Dudley Tipton World War II Photographs and Papers consists of photographs, governmental documents, newspaper and magazine articles documenting the World War II service of Alvin Dudley Tipton.


The original materials were housed in two photograph albums and a hand-crafted wooden case. The photographs were removed from the original albums, sleeved and placed in archival folders. The collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Photographs; Series II: Documents; and Series III: Newspapers and Publications. The folders within are in alphabetical order. There is also an index of the scanned documents and photographs in paper and on a user CD Disk in Box 4.

Missing Title

  1. Tipton, Alvine Dudley
  2. United States -- Armed Forces -- Non-commissioned officers
  3. World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography

Acquisitions Information

Libby Puckett loaned the originals for this collection in August 2008. The collection was accessioned as AC.2008.066.

Processing Information

Encoded by Kathy Staley, December 2008; Updated processing by Anita Elliott, November 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

AC.466: Alvin Dudley Tipton World War II Photographs and Papers, 1920-1945, undated
Processed by: Kathy Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathy Staley
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository