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William E. Rush collection

 Collection — Folder: S3265
Identifier: S3265

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of the letters of William Earl Rush to his family when he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corp from 1940-1945. These letters have been transcribed and slightly edited. Other contents include reminiscences by his siblings, information regarding his burial in Mentone, Indiana in 1949, and nominal biographical information before he joined the Marines.


  • 1940-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Earl Rush was born to William R. and Bernice Rush on 24 March 1922 in Mentone, Indiana. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in October 1940 at the rank of Private. He attained the rank of Sergeant in 1942 and Platoon Sergeant in 1943. On July 20, 1943 William E. Rush married Wilma J. Mollenhour in Craven County, North Carolina. In February 1944 Rush achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, and later that year was promoted to Warrant Officer.

William E. Rush was killed at the battle of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands while serving with Battery H, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division on 8 March 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Silver


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Carl B. Rush on 2004/08/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2004 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created in 2004 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
William E. Rush collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.