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John Stewart Silman Papers

Identifier: TMD362

Content Description

Military documents - separation papers and leather wallet, correspondence from Colonel David M. Fowler, sympathy card 1945, 2000 Photographs - some identified, dates range from 1942-1945 Ephemera - gold ID bracelet, dog tag, silver money clip 1945


  • 1920-2000

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

John Stewart Silman was born on April 23, 1920 in Merced, California. He had been working as a repairman or mechanic for Ludwick Bacciarini when he was drafted to the United States Army on October 23, 1941. He joined the 87th Infantry Regiment, Company G, of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Lewis, Washington. He trained with the Division at Fort Lewis; Jolon, California; Camp Hale, Colorado; Fort Ord, California; Camp Carson, Colorado; and Camp Swift, Texas. He was deployed with the Division to Kiska Island in 1943 and to Italy in 1945. Silman attained the rank of Technician Fifth Class. He passed away on October 17, 2000.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ellen Tara James-Penney, 2019.

Condition Description

Documents are worn and have some tears but are legible. Photographs were previously affixed in a photo album or scrapbook; some adhesive residue remains.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

John Stewart Silman Papers
Keli Schmid
January 15, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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