Date Original



This collection contains letters from James E. Womeldorff to his wife, Esther, and daughter, Mary, while he was serving in England, France, and Germany, in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Eugene "Jim" Womeldorff was born April 1, 1907, in Iowa. After moving to Arkansas, he was a partner in the W.R. Stephens Investment Company of Little Rock. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in January 1942. He attended Officers Training School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Miami, Florida. He graduated in October 1942, and was sent to Europe. Later Womeldorff was a captain assigned to the Marauder Group, 456 Bomb Squadron, 323 Bomb Group based in England, France, and Germany. He served in Normandy, northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland, and central Europe. He received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and numerous other citations, ending the war as a lieutenant colonel. He was married to Mary Esther Zook Womeldorff, and they had two children, Mary Esther Miller, born December 10, 1943, and Madolyn Barnes. Womeldorff died January 31, 1993, in Little Rock, and is buried in the Roselawn Cemetery.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Tennessee; France; Germany; England





Resource Type



James E. Womeldorff papers, MS.000017


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

James E. Womeldorff papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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