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Dr. Joseph H. Clements Papers

Identifier: M428

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, and other materials relating to Dr. Clements' service in the U. S. Army during World War II. Of particular interest is a copy of Clements' handwritten history of the U.S. Army 254th Battalion during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. There is also a series of newsletters of the 107th Engineer Association entitled, "The Bull Sheet." In addition, the collection includes a spiral-bound booklet titled, "War Experiences from the Hearts of American Heroes," prepared by Hub City Memorial Chapter 690, Military Order of the Purple Heart. The booklet contains memoirs written by veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart.


  • Creation: 1942-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Joseph H. Clements was born on March 3, 1920 in Owensboro, Kentucky. In the fall of 1941, while a student at the University of Kentucky, he was drafted into the U. S. Army. In 1944 he was a corporal with the 254th Engineer Combat Battalion, and participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe, as well as the Battle of the Bulge. He received several medals, including the Purple Heart, and his unit was awarded a presidential unit citation and France's croix de guerre.

Clements returned to school after the war, and completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky. He then earned a master's of business administration at the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in education at the University of Oklahoma. He taught at several universities before accepting a position at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1963, where he taught business and finance administration until his retirement in 1989. During his tenure at USM, Dr. Clements received the Outstanding Professor Award.

Through the years, Dr. Clements has been active in the Hattiesburg Lions Club, the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera Association, the American Diabetic Association, and in the Episcopalian church. He married Mary M. Malios in 1960, and they are the parents of one son, Joseph Christopher.


.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Materials in this collection were donated by Dr. Joseph H. Clements between 1994 and 2003.

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: EXTERNAL DOCUMENTS link at bottom of page.

Related Materials

Dr. Joseph H. Clements Oral History Interview, vol. 465, parts I and II. A copy of the transcript is available in the McCain Library, call number F341.5 .M57

Photograph Log

M427-1 Joseph Clements, Kodiak, Alaska 3 ½” x 5” B &W 1942 Clements is standing in the snow, with a mountain in the background. (Folder 9)

M427-2 Joseph Clements with Group of Soldiers 3 ½” x 5” B &W 1942 Clements is in the front row, second from the right. (Folder 9)

M427-3 Snow-covered Mountains, Kodiak, Alaska 8” x 10” B &W 1942 An approach to Kodiak by ship. (Folder 9)

M427-4 Buildings with Mountains Behind Them, Kodiak, Alaska 8” x 10” B &W 1942 The decaying shell of a fishing boat is in the foreground. (Folder 9)

M427-5 Snow-covered Houses, Kodiak, Alaska 8” x 10” B &W 1942 A side view of “Tent City” at the foot of Barometer Mountain. (Folder 9)
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001