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Thomas Whaley Papers

Title: Thomas Whaley papers
Inclusive Dates: 1939-2010
Extent of Materials: 1 oversize box, 1 Hollinger box
Location: Duke Storage
Date of Accession: 2012
Donor: Thomas Whaley
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR
Processor: Cale McCammon
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 — Veterans — North Carolina
Air pilots, Military
Scope and Content: Spanning the years 1939-2010, the Thomas Whaley papers primarily contain materials relating to Thomas Whaley and his brothers’ service during WWII and to local stories commemorating veterans.  These include newspaper articles from the 1980s and 1990s that profile the Whaley brothers, and certificates and letters that celebrate Thomas Whaley’s service.  Of particular note is a copy of a brief manuscript that his sister, Dorothy Wentz, sent to NBC’s Tom Brokaw in which Whaley tells of his military training, his  experiences overseas, and his air combat missions over Europe.  Also included are photo portraits of the Whaley brothers, articles on nephew Wallace Whaley’s promotion to general, and a framed display of Thomas Whaley’s patches and medals.
Related Materials:
Restrictions: The collection is open to research.
Biographical/Historical Note: Thomas T. Whaley (born August 10, 1926) is a WWII veteran who enlisted in September 1940.  He was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for a year as part of Company D, 120th Infantry.  In August 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps with his brother Wallace Whaley, while their two other brothers, Amos Ervin Whaley and James Douglas Whaley, joined the Marines.  Thomas Whaley served as a radio operator/gunner in twenty-one combat missions  over the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and central Europe.  He was discharged on October 6, 1945.
Condition Notes:
Organization of Collection: 1. Articles , Photos, and Recognition
2. Medals and Patches
Container List
Box 1
1. Certificates and Recognition 1979, 1998, 2003, 2006
2. Photographs 1939-1980
3. News Articles 1940s, 1980-2010
4. Correspondence and Whaley Manuscripts 1980, 1987, 2000, 2003
Box 2
1. 21 1/4″ X 17″ Framed Display of Medals and Patches ~1941-1945
2. Oversized Company D 120th Infantry Photo 1941


Updated October 9, 2013.