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Guide to the Benson Guyton papers
MSS.345


Summary Information

Repository
Mississippi State University Libraries
Title
Benson Guyton papers
ID
MSS.345
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1977-1980
Date [inclusive]
1942-1980
Extent
0.33 Cubic feet :1 ms. box
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Benson Guyton papers, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Biographical Information

Lieutenant-Colonel Benson Guyton, born August 19, 1910, graduated from Mississippi State College in 1933 with a degree in civil engineering. A member of the 200th Coast Artillery during World War II, Guyton was held as a prisoner of war in the Cabanatuan camp #3 in the Philippines, where he knew LTC Bill Stennis (a cousin of Senator John C. Stennis) among others. Though the diary he kept during his time on the island of Corregidor was taken away by the Commanding General prior to surrender, he reconstructed parts of it from memory. Guyton was active in veterans’ affairs and served as the national adjutant for the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC). He also sent out an annual newsletter for others who had been imprisoned in the Omine Machi camp in Japan. Benson Guyton died in Decatur, Alabama, on June 14, 1996.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes issues of two national publications: thirteen issues of the Ex-POW Bulletin dated February 1979 through June 1980, representing part of Volumes 36 and 37; and two issues (November 1975 and March 1977) of  The QUAN, the official publication of the ADBC. Of Guyton’s Omine Machi newsletters, there are four in the collection, dated 1977 through 1980. The collection also includes a copy of a speech, “The United States Navy in the Orient in WWII,” given by Guyton at the 1977 ADBC meeting at the U. S. Naval Academy; an account of the Bataan-Corregidor annual reunion held in Fontana, North Carolina, in 1979; and a keepsake booklet and ribbon from the 29th National Convention of the ADBC in San Antonio, Texas, in April 1974. Guyton and his wife, Jane, are among those pictured in the booklet. Finally, the collection includes a photocopy of Guyton’s diary, “History of Siege of Corregidor (Compiled from Memory in Cabanatuan, P. I., Prison Camp #3, July 31, 1942).”

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Arrangement

Series 1. Ex-POW Bulletin, 1979-1980 -  Box 1

Series 2. The QUAN, 1975-1977 -  Box 1

Series 3. Speech, minutes, and Omine Machi newsletters, 1977-1980 - Box 1

Series 4. Memorabilia from ADBC National Convention, 1974 - Box 1

Series 5. Diary, 1942 (photocopy) - Box 1

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762
662-325-7679
sp_coll@library.msstate.edu

Publication date: June 2010

Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Donor

Benson Guyton, 1980, 1981.

Processing Information

A copy of Guyton's war diary was made from the copy in the D.Clayton James papers and placed in the collection. One envelope was disposed of.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

D. Clayton James papers. Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
  • American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc.

Genre(s)

  • Diaries.

Personal Name(s)

  • Guyton, Benson, 1910-1996.

Subject(s)

  • Prisoners of war.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Area.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Philippine.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Ex-POW Bulletin, 1979-1980. 

 Box 1. Folder 1. 1979. 

 Box 1. Folder 2. 1980. 

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 Box 1. Folder 3. Series 2. The QUAN, 1975-1977. 

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 Box 1. Folder 4. Series 3. Speech, minutes, and Omine Machi newsletters, 1977-1980. 

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 Box 1. Folder 5. Series 4. Memorabilia from American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor National Convention, 1974. 

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 Box 1. Folder 6. Series 5. Diary, 1942 (photocopy). 

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