Monday, May 23, 2016

so we'll meet again



John Francis Shepert Hamer II (born 1909 or 1910) of Texas, was stationed at Camp Polk, La., from 1942 to 1945. Immediately prior to the war, he had lived in Fort Worth, Tex., with his aunt and uncle. He had a wide circle of friends, mostly stationed at other domestic Army bases. When on leave, they would visit New Orleans, Alexandria, La., or other American cities, to enjoy the company of others in the gay community. Within this collection, different letter authors addressed him in writing alternately as Jon, John, or Johnny.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 199 (Jon Hamer papers, 1876-1950) holds the personal, military, and family papers of Jon Hamer, primarily from the World War II era.   Hamer donated his papers to Tulane in 1969.  At that date, he lived in San Francisco.  Included in the collection are handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, greeting cards, numerous "v-mails", programs, a log book of letters received, tax and financial documents, legal papers, certificates, notes, night club ephemera, journal issues, newspaper clippings and sections, a book, and other printed items. Sgt. Hamer's most frequent correspondent was Sgt. J. H. Hildahl, called Harvey.

This archival collection will be of interest to researchers in World War II-era life in America, and to those doing historical studies of gays in the United States military.   On Memorial Day, we remember and commemorate the lives of those who gave military service to America.

Caption: post card received by Jon Hamer, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 199


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