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George Morgan Goforth collection

Identifier: MS0492

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and ephemera from Goforth's life during the Second World War (1943-1945), with a few items from the late 1940s.


  • 1941-1952, 1984

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Morgan Goforth Collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

George Morgan Goforth (1922-2008) was born in Indian Trail, N.C., about 15 miles outside of Charlotte. He was the son of George Wilson and Minnie Belle Brewington Goforth. Goforth joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and trained to be an air crew member. He was stationed at bases in California, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Michigan. Goforth was reassigned from air crew training after VE-Day in May 1945. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. His final rank was Corporal. In 1951, he married Mary Rachel Smith (1921-2006). They had two sons, George M. “Buddy” Jr. and Alexander Frank.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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This collection contains memorabilia from Goforth's service in the Army during World War II such as post cards, military patches, passes and excuses, name plates for badges and military cards. There is also a folder of military papers that includes Goforth's certificate of graduation from the American School of Aircraft Instruments, his discharge papers, his United States Army Air Force Meritorious Service Award, his pre-flight training report card and his physical fitness test. Finally, there is a box of photographs that consists mostly of pictures of Goforth's friends and family members taken during the War, as well as some photographs of Goforth and his fellow soldiers.


The collection is arranged into the following three series: Personal materials, Military materials and Memorabilia and Artifacts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Leslie Kesler transfered material from the Charlotte Museum of History, 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Pack, 2016

George Morgan Goforth Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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