John Cothran papers
Scope and Content
This collection primarily contains documents from John Cothran's military service during World War II and as a member of the Organized Army Reserve. Material includes records of service, orders and memos, and discharge papers. Additional items include family papers such as his brother James Jr.'s baby book, diplomas, and awards. Of particular note is material given to discharged soldiers after World War II to aid their return to civilian life.
- 1902-1953, 1995, undated
- Coctran, John McElmurray (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
James Robeson Cothran (1890-?) and Ruth Palmer (1894-1917) lived in Atlanta, Georgia and had two sons, James Robeson Jr. (1919-1941) and John McElmurray (1922-2003). John graduated from Boys High in 1940 and the Georgia School of Technology in 1943, where he studied Civil Engineering. Between June 1942 and March 1943 Cothran served in the organized Army Reserve, after which he enlisted in active duty. After training at Camp Davis and Fort Benning to become an officer, he served in the Southern Philippines Campaign on Mindanao Island, rising to the rank of first lieutenant in the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. For his service he was awarded several medals, including a Bronze Service Star. He rejoined the United States Army Reserve from 1946 until 1953, the same year he married Pearl Ann Smith (1929-1996). They had two children: Julia and Jamie. Cothran founded the company Smith-Cothran, Inc., Contractors and worked there until his 1988 retirement.
0.517 linear ft.
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, 2004, with subsequent additions
This collection was processed in 2017.
- Coctran, John McElmurray
- Cothran, James Robeson, 1919-1941
- Military orders
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Officers
- United States. Army Reserve
- United States. Army. Infantry Division, 24th
- United States. Army. Infantry Division, 34th
- United States. Army. Organized Reserve Corps
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Logistics
- John Cothran papers
- Leah Lefkowitz
- August 2017
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.