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L.R. “Duke” DuTremble Papers, ca. 1928-1998
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2005

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Eighty-four items and one photograph album, ca. 1928-1998, impart something of the adventurous life of French Canadian L.R. “Duke” DuTremble (1918-1998), a United States Army officer and federal employee who ultimately settled in South Carolina and lived out the remainder of his life in Columbia, S.C. Born in Beauce County, St. Honore, Quebec, DuTremble enlisted in the military at Camp Blanding, Fla., and saw duty in the Aleutians, Europe, Korea, and Okinawa, Japan.

Papers, photographs, and memorabilia document DuTremble’s military career as well as his youthful exploits as a prize fighter, his work as a bellhop before World War II at Miami Beach, Fla., and his later employment by the United States Postal Service. DuTremble completed officer candi¬dates training in September 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Included in the collection are documentation of his awards and decorations, honorable discharges, and receipt of an Army Commendation Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service” as manager of the Ft. Jackson Golf Club at Columbia.

Items relating to DuTremble’s early life include a 1948 State of Maine certificate of equivalency of high school graduation and an undated autobiographical sketch of his early life in Canada and Maine. Photographs include images taken by DuTremble at various locations in Europe during and immediately following the Second World War. Other views reflect his management work of restaurants and officers clubs and his early interest in boxing. Of particular curiosity is an image of DuTremble as a young man posed inside a convertible and holding a spurious extra issue of the Miami Examiner, the headline of which proclaims—“LARRY DU TREMBLE VOLUNTEERS—HITLER QUITS.”

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