Calvin William Elton interviews

Calvin William Elton interviews

Dates: 1985 April 16

Interview conducted by Murray Duff on 16 April 1985 for the Ray Hillam war project. Elton enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1940, but he was used in ground combat in the Philippines in 1941. He was captured by the Japanese in 1942. He experienced the Bataan Death march for five days and was placed in a prison camp. Many men died every day because of disease and malnutrition. Elton talked about how he and his close friends kept each other alive. In 1943, he was sent to Japan. The ship he was in was very crowded and had no ventilation. He worked in coal mines 12 hours a day in Japan until the end of the war. After the Japanese surrendered, Elton returned to the United States. He said he learned the value of life from his experiences. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but did not follow many of the teachings of that faith. He thought the United States was justified in fighting Japan during the war.

  • Extent: 1 item (16 p.)
  • Creator: Duff, Murray. -- Elton, Calvin William, 1923
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3184
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Calvin William Elton interviews must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 3184; Calvin William Elton interviews; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3184, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These materials were donated to Special Collections by Ray Hillam in 1999.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ray Hillam; 1999.
Subject Terms
Elton, Calvin William, 1923---Interviews; Bataan, Battle of, Philippines, 1942; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American; World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese
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Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Elton (Calvin William) interviews
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Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-09T04:14-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Veteran of World War II.

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