JOHN PARKER COMPTON PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection spans 1938 to 2005 and includes family correspondence, memorabilia and photographs.
John Parker Compton’s correspondence comprises the bulk of the series. Copies of Compton’s World War II letters to family members are included in a bound volume. Additional family correspondence deals with Compton’s death and with various memorials in his honor.
The series spans 1940 to 1991 and includes newspaper clippings, a registration form for the forty-sixth annual John Parker Compton Memorial Tennis Tournament and Compton’s Purple Heart Medal in a presentation case.
Photographs spanning 1934 to 1944 depict Compton in his youth, and later in his Army uniform. Additional photographs show Italian towns and people circa 1945. Undated photographs include the ski trooper statue at Vail, Colorado, and the Tennessee Pass monument to the 10th Mountain Division.
Series 4 consists of items added to the collection after it was initially processed.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
The collection is open for research.
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John Parker Compton (1925-1945) was born in New York City on January 2, 1925. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in Scarsdale, New York. In 1939, he attended the Le Rosey School, a prestigious international boarding school in Switzerland, where he developed a passion for skiing and picked up his nickname “Eagle.”
Upon his return to the United States, Compton attended the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, graduating in 1943. Compton then enrolled at Princeton University where he attended for only two months before being called for military service.
Compton enlisted in the Army September 4, 1943 at Camden, New Jersey and immediately volunteered for the ski troops. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado where he was assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment, Company G. Compton was killed in action on March 3, 1945 near Iola, Italy. The Compton family restored a bombed church in Iola in John Parker Compton’s honor. In addition, the John Parker Compton Memorial Bridge was constructed at Camp Hale during the summer of 2005 with a grant from the Compton Foundation.
1 oversize boxes
Other Finding Aids
Gift; Ann Compton Stevens; in 2006.
PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:
- Parker, John Compton --Archives.
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States --Correspondence. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- Army -- Mountain Division, 10th -- Archives.
- United States -- Army -- Mountain Infantry Regiment, 86th -- Company G -- Archives.
- JOHN PARKER COMPTON PAPERS
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