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World War II memories of Wendell Van Twelves

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7606

Scope and Contents

Contains a bound book which is made up of an oral history interview with Wendell Van Twelves. There is also a series of correspondence between Wendell and Henry Sakaida, a couple of newspaper articles regarding Van Twelves's service in the military, and the accident and flying regulation violation record from his time in the military. All records except for the oral history interview are photocopies. Also contains a shorter version of this bound book with higher quality color photocopies of the photographs.


  • after 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from World War II Memories of Wendell Van Twelves must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Wendell Van Twelves (1921-1991) was a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded a purple heart, silver star and flying cross.

Wendell Van Twelves was born June 7, 1921 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado before enlisting in the military during World War II as a fighter pilot. Worked for U.S. Steel for twenty-three years. He died 20 November 1991, in Stanford, California.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Sakaida (1951-2018) was an American writer who wrote relating to World War II.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Aaron Skabelund in 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Aaron Skabelund; 2008.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.)

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscripts processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.

Register of the World War II memories of Wendell Van Twelves
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscripts processor, and John Murphy, Curator
2010 June 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States