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Shelby Davis' World War II Collection

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Identifier: Coll-294

Sgt. Shelby Davis was a veteran who served in Europe during World War II. This collection includes predominantly war-era correspondence, artifacts, newspapers, maps, personal souvenirs, and memorabilia of Davis.


  • Event: 1937-1975


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Biographical Note

Sgt.Shelby Davis was born on September 29, 1915 in Kokomo, Mississippi. He grew up in Hattisburg, Mississippi and was one of the nine surviving children of Abizer Alexander Davis and Tally Lula Stringer Davis. Davis was a Technical Sergant in the 45th Army Infantry Division during World War II. Having deployed from Oklahoma, he served in the Western Front during the war and was stationed all over Western Europe during the war. His Infanty Division participated in the Invasion of Sicily and the Italian Campaign of 1943. He addditionally trekked through France, Germany, and Vatican City

After the war, reunited with his wife Odis Leona Davis, Shelby attended Kilgore College and the University of Houston. He was a supervisor in the accounting department at Gulf Oil in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Garden Oaks Mason Lodge (No. 1306) and was a frequent attendee of Oak Forest Baptist Church in Houston. He and His wife Odis had two children together, Jan and Morris. Shelby Davis died on August 23, 1975 at the age of 59. He was given a burial with Masonic Rites and was buried at the Military Houston National Cemetary.


Collection is organized into eleven series:

I.Journals II.Biographical Information, Identification Cards, Personal Papers III. Correspondence i.Shelby Davis/Wife Letters ii.Personal Correspondence IV.Photographs V.Maps VI.Artifacts VII.Newspapers i. Whole Newspapers ii. Military Newspaper iii.Clippings iv. Important Events VIII.Publications IX.Postcards, Souvenirs, Stamps X.Currency XI.45 RPM Records XII.Random Items

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jan Davis, son of Shelby Davis, donated four sets of materials from February 2020 to April 2020 concerning his father’s time during World War II to Special Collections and Archives at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Processing Information

Nicholas Figueroa processed the collection and created the finding aid in 2022

Guide to the Shelby Davis' World War II Collection
Nicholas Figueroa
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

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