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Title Joseph A. Foley papers
Dates 1936-1943 (bulk 1942-1943)
Author Joseph A. Foley
Extent .417 linear feet (1 box)
Arrangement Arranged in three series: 1. Outgoing letters (chronological); 2. Incoming letters (chronological); 3. Related materials (topical).
Collection number FAM-35
Admin/Biographical History Corporal Joseph A. Foley was born in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1913, the son of James Walter and Alice May Foley. He was a graduate of Woburn High School and a chief usher at the Strand Theater. During the Works Progress Administration he worked as the chief injury claim investigator for four years. He attended Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Foley joined the military in March 1942 and was trained at camp Lee in Virginia and Mitchel Field in New York. He was selected for the medical corps and sent to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington to train in First Aid and Hopitalization, graduating with second honors. Throughout his training he regularly sent letters home to Woburn. In December 1942, Foley volunteered to serve in North Africa where medical servicemen were needed. While serving in the 2nd Air Defense Wing at an undisclosed location, he continued to send letters home. On June 27th, 1943 he was killed in a truck accident near Oran, Algiers. He was survived by his parents, one brother James W. Jr. Foley, and four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Alice Ambrose, Mrs. Mary Kelleher and Rita Foley.
Scope & Content The collection consists primarily of Joseph A. Foley's letters sent home to Woburn, Massachusetts during his training and deployment as a medical officer during World War II. Of the 129 letters from Foley (Series I), 121 were written to Foley's mother Alice May Foley, six to his father James Walter Foley, one to both parents, and one to his sister Rita Foley. The collection also includes eight letters written to Foley by friends and family (Series II). Series III consists of related material, including reproduced clippings of army base newspapers and copies of five Woburn Daily Times articles about the 1943 truck accident that killed Foley while serving in North Africa.
Cite as Joseph A. Foley Papers,
Woburn Public Library, Dr. Thomas J. Glennon Archives, Woburn, MA 01801.
Indexes Online Finding Aid
Copyrights Contact the Archivist about questions on the copyright status of this collection.
Subjects 1940s
20th century
Medical aspects of war
Military service
Correspondence
Local Subjects Green Street
Access None.