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Golden Lang diary and letters, 1932-1944

 Series — Carton: 2, Folder: 4-7
Identifier: MSS 9280 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains Golden Lang's journal entries from World War II, with reports of deaths of his comrades and the sorrows of war. There are also letters to his family at home and photographs of Golden and from the war. Dated approximately 1932 to 1944, when Lang died in an aircraft crash. Most of the content is set in Europe, but there are mentions of his training in California and elsewhere throughout the United States.


  • 1932-1944


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Open for public research.

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Biographical / Historical

Golden Lang was born November 21, 1920 to John Mickelsen Lang and Minnie Deseret Stevens. His mother died when he was two years old, and his father was unable to raise his four youngest children, so Golden lived with his half-sister Mary Ann until he enlisted in the Air Force. He married Lillie Foster in 1943, and had one daughter, Margaret. He was a lieutenant in the Air Force and a skilled pilot. He completed thirty missions in the war in Europe and returned to Tennessee to be an instructor where he died in a head-on collision with another plane on April 26, 1945. He was buried in the Cedar City, Utah cemetery.


4 folders

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