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Papers of John A. Bond

Call Number: RH MS 1272


John A. Bond served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942-1946. The collection contains letters written to his parents and a scrapbook documenting his service.


  • 1942 - 1946


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Biography of John Bond

John A. Bond served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942-1946. He went to Boot Camp in San Diego, California, from July 13 to September 17, 1942. From September 20 to December 24, 1942, Bond studied at the Radar and Electronics School at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah. He then attended Advanced Radar and Electronics School at Treasure Island in San Francisco, California, from December 29, 1942 to June 18, 1943. After completing his studies, Bond was transferred to Camp Elliot Replacement Center in San Diego, California, from June 24 to July 17, 1943, in preparation for being shipped overseas. Bond served in the Pacific, at French New Caledonia (August 7-21, 1943), the North Island of New Zealand (August 30 - September 22, 1943), Guadalcanal (October 10-28, 1943), and Bougainville (November 4, 1943 - May, 1944). At Bougainville, Bond worked to monitor radar for information about Japanese position changes or potential attacks.

Following his tour, Bond returned to military bases in the United States, first at Camp LeJeune, New River, North Carolina (September 2-24, 1944) and later the U.S. Marine Corps Base in San Diego, California (September 30 - December 3, 1944). From December 8, 1944 to February 4, 1945, Bond attended Teacher's Training in Chicago, Illinois. This prepared him to teach electronics to Navy sailors in Dearborn, Michigan, from February 14 to September 20, 1945. From September 25, 1945 to May 9, 1946, Bond worked at the US Marine Corp Rehabilitation Office in Chicago, Illinois, where he advised discharged Marines of their rights and opportunities as veterans.


1 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Includes letters written by John A. Bond to his parents and grandmother, and a scrapbook containing photographs, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings, dog tags, sea shells, US Marine Corps emblem pins, a leather US Marine Corps wallet, and other mementos from his military service.

Physical Location

RH MS 1272

Physical Location

RH MS Q361

Physical Location

RH MS R325

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John Bond, 2012

Guide to the John A. Bond Collection
Papers of John A. Bond
Finding aid prepared by brch, 2012; revised by eear, 2013; Finding aid encoded by brch, 2012
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Preferred citation
John A. Bond Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1272, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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