Date Original



This collection contains letters written by Guy Laverne Rodgers during World War II to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Rodgers, and his sister Billie.

Biographical/Historical Note

Guy Laverne Rodgers was born December 7, 1920, to William Jerry and Carrah Rodgers in Blytheville, Arkansas. Carrah died when Guy was young and his grandparents, John D. and Ella Rodgers, moved in with them. William remarried when Guy was six years-old to Bonnie Shepherd. Bonnie and William had a daughter, Billie, born December 17, 1930. In 1940 Guy graduated from Blytheville High School. Guy was drafted into the United States Army in spring 1942. He was sent to the Company B reception center at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was there only one day before being assigned to Camp Lee outside of Petersburg, Virginia. His first duty was at the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center driving motor vehicles. From there Rodgers went to Camp Butner in North Carolina. In 1943 he was sent to Atlanta, Georgia's Ordnance Department, and then on to Red River Ordnance Depot in Texarkana, Texas. Once his training was completed, Rodgers was shipped to England and then France. He was in Belgium when World War II ended. He returned home to Blytheville and attended Arkansas State College. Later Rodgers Rodgers sold insurance. He was an employee of the Fairview Municipal Golf Course at the time of his death, December 28, 1986. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Blytheville, Mississippi County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Guy Laverne Rodgers letters, MS.000186


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Guy Laverne Rodgers letters, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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