Underwood, Charles, Papers, 1935-2006 and undated

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Underwood, Charles

Title: Charles Underwood Papers

Dates: 1935-2006 and undated

Abstract: The records of Charles Underwood contain newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, handwritten notes, and other materials related to his life in the United States Army.

Collection #: S 1763.1

Quantity: 4 boxes and 1 folder (4.1 linear feet)

Language: English

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Charles Underwood was in the United States Army for more than 31 years from 1941 to 1972. His active military service included command of infantry, armored infantry and armored units from platoon through brigade. Most staff assignments were in information and public affairs. He was a Prisoner of War for the Japanese Imperial Army from 1942-1945 and survived the Bataan Death March.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of slides, photographs, letters, military documents, and other personal documents of Charles Underwood. It includes information on the Bataan Death march as well as the different bases around the world he was stationed at during his time in the Army.


The collection is organized by the following series: Bataan, Birth Records, Certificates, Correspondence, Drawings, Financial Records, Genealogy, Legal Documents, Literary Productions, Medical Records, Memorial, Military Documents, Newspaper, Periodical, Personal Documents, Photographs, Printed Material, Retirement Records, School Records, Scrapbook, and Slides.


Access Restrictions

Available for Research

Index Terms

The subject headins used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Underwood, Charles
  • Subjects (Organizations)

  • Japanese Imperial Army
  • United States. Army
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Bataan, Philippines
  • Subjects

  • Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942
  • Prisoners of war--United States
  • U. S. Army in World War II. War in the Pacific
  • Veterans
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    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Charles Underwood Papers, 1939-2006 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Collection accession #(s): 2009-0174-B

    Gift, 2009

    Processed by: Whitney Farmer, 2012

    Collection Inventory


    Box 1




    Literary Productions

    Military Documents



    • Folder 57, TIME - General Johnson Cover

    Personal Documents


    Box 2

    Printed Material

    School Records

    • Folder 31, Public School