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Hollis E. Grieve Collection—World War II materials, 1945-1946

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2015-026

Content Description

The collection consists of letters, correspondence and photographs sent by Hollis Grieve to his parents Lawrence and Jennie Grieve of Wessington Springs (S.D.), dated from June 1945 to September 1946, when he entered the United States Marine Corps serving at the end of World War II. Most of the letters concern his time in Basic Training, specifically at Parris Island, South Carolina but also include letters addressed or concerning Camp Pendleton (California), Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Guam and China. A transcript of the letters was also provided and placed with the letters a digital version of which was kept in the State Archives digital collections folder. The collection also includes photographs of the China cities of Tientsin [Tianjin] and Peiping [Beijing]. There are also photos of Guam, Apra Harbor (Guam) and B-29 bombers. The collection also contains a Chinese translation booklet and Grieve’s military identification cards. The collection also includes seventy, 35mm color slides of a presentation on measuring radiation levels using a Dosimeter and Geiger counter dated to the 1960s. It is believed that these were used by Grieve during his time with the South Dakota National Guard. Hollis Erwin Grieve was born May 29, 1927 at Mitchell (S.D.) to Lawrence and Jennie (Elder) Grieve and died on December 20, 2005. He grew up on the family farm in Harmony Township and attended Templeton Country School through the eighth grade, then Wessington Springs High School, graduating in 1945. He entered the US Marine Corps in May 1945, and in September 1945 was shipped overseas to China. In August 1956, during the South Dakota National Guard reorganization, he joined the 153rd Combat engineers. He retired from the National Guard in May of 1987.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1945-1946
  • ca. 1960s


0.5 Cubic Feet