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Joseph Stephens Collection

Identifier: TMD367

Content Description

Insignia pins from training and deployment in Italy, and stamps from Fort Sill, OK


  • 1943-1945

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Joseph Thornell Stephens was born on September 2, 1917 in Clarinda, Iowa to Homer S. Stephens and Frances E. Thornell. He joined the United States Army at the age of 21 on June 5, 1939. Stephens became a commissioned officer on February 25, 1941 and rose to the rank of Major by November 9, 1942. He joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado and served with the 605th Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal in 1945 for his actions in the Apennine Mountains and Po Valley in Italy. Stephens passed away on March 1, 2004.


1 Boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; John Millhoune; 2019.

Separated Materials

The following items were not accessioned, and were returned to the Nodaway County Historical Society Museum in Maryville, Missouri: Insignia patches Campaign ribbons Award ribbons Safety pins, paper clips Field sewing kit Pocket mirrors featuring pinup girls (2) Old Maid playing cards Brass whistle Steel skeleton key Loupe for viewing maps Brass belt buckles ROTC badge Field artillery insignia lapel pins Dog tags Assorted uniform buttons Fort Sill, Oklahoma stamps Officer bars Field binoculars in travel case Metal tin

Condition Description

Items are in good condition

Joseph Stephens Collection
Keli Schmid
September 18, 2019
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Repository Details

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

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States