Ex-Prisoners of War (Texas Dept.),
Records, 1940-1999 and undated
This important collection of four boxes and fourteen scrapbooks includes diaries and individual stories written by Americans captured
during World War II and the Korean War. Also
comes with correspondence, newsletters, and fourteen scrapbooks pertaining to the activities
of the Texas Department of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. It now
includes two additional small boxes: Records, 1945-2002.
The American Ex-Prisoners of War (AEPOW) is a national organization for American citizens captured during any war. The organization includes over 300 chapter and state departments with over 30,000 members. It was established on April 14, 1942 as The Bataan Relief Organization but was renamed in 1949. The Texas Department of the AEPOW has chosen the SWC/SCL as their official repository. These American veterans wish to preserve their personal stories for the sake of posterity. Their stories reflect the heroic efforts of their personal lives placed forward as military servicemen during their country's calling. The collection can be accessed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library during opening hours.