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William D. Murdy World War II Collection

Identifier: A-0160

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of the journals Murdy numbered 4-6. He said the other journals were destroyed over the years following the war. Some of the original pictures of the Dachau Concentration Camp were given to the department and are cataloged in the Photograph Collection.


  • Creation: 1944-1945


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

During World War II, Captain William D. Murdy served with the U. S. Army, 3rd (later became 2831st) Battalion, 40th Engineer Combat Regiment, as Company Commander from August 1944-May 1945. The company operated both in France and Germany. Murdy kept a journal of the activities of the company in which he included periodic reports of work accomplished, recommendations for awards, statements of the history of his company, commendations, some correspondence, and other military reports and orders. He took and collected photographs of work done, military equipment and machinery, members of the company, war damages, and historic sites. Also included were photos taken at Dachau Concentration Camp.

("William D. Murdy, WWII Collection." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).


0.30 Cubic Feet


This collection is described in six folders and housed with other collections in a clamshell box.

Guide to the William D. Murdy World War II Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository