Moullette, John B. Papers

Dates: 1944-2015

Enlisted man, United States Marine Corps, 1943-1946, 1950-1952

On January 16, 1951, Marine Corporal John B. Moullette, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, wrote a letter to his father, Clarence W. Moullette, questioning the involvement of the United States in the Korean War. Clarence Moullette, who was Assistant to the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, forwarded the letter to United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson. Acheson responded to Clarence Moullette in a letter dated February 23, 1951. The Acheson-Moullette correspondence was subsequently published in many newspapers. The papers of John B. Moullette include the original correspondence, as well as public opinion letters and published materials sent to the Moullettes in response to this correspondence.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot. (About l600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: John B. Moullette donated to the people of the United States his copyright interest in any unpublished materials in this collection, as well as those in any other collections in the custody of the Government of the United States. In addition, documents prepared by United States government employees in their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents which do not fall into these two categories is presumed to remain with the creators of the documents.
Processed by: Dennis E. Bilger and Niel M. Johnson (l990); Rebecca J. Phipps (2000).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1927, January 23

 

Born, Camden, New Jersey

1943-1946

 

Served in the United States Marine Corps

1946-1949

 

Served in the United States Merchant Service

1950-1952

 

Served in the United State Marine Corps

1951, January 23

 

Stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. Wrote letter to his father, Clarence questioning the United States’ involvement in Korea

1954

 

Married Lillian M. Lay

1957

 

Graduated B.S. Ed., Trenton State College

1966

 

Graduated M.Ed., Rutgers University

1970

 

Graduated Ed.D., Rutgers University

1970-1971

 

Associate Professor, Washington State University

1971-1974

 

Research Professor, Ohio State University

1974-1977

 

Director, Ohio State Fire Training Academy

1989

 

Retired

1992

 

Distinguished Service Award, Rutgers University; Executive Director, Training Ship Tarpon Springs, Inc.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

On January 16, 1951, Marine Corporal John B. Moullette, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, wrote a letter to his father, Clarence, in which he questioned the involvement of the United States in the Korean War. His father, Assistant to the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, forwarded the letter to United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson. On February 23, l95l, Acheson responded with a long and thoughtful letter about the ideals and aspirations that were guiding the Truman administration’s decisions regarding the Korean War. The State Department released the correspondence on March 3, 1951; the letters were published in the New York Times and were serialized in newspapers throughout the country.

The papers of John B. Moullette include the original Moullette-Acheson correspondence. Additionally, the publication of this correspondence inspired many Americans to write to the Moullettes voicing their opinions; the collection contains about 150 of these public opinion letters.

This material has been arranged in a Correspondence File. The original Acheson-Moullette correspondence is in the first folder in this series. Subsequent correspondence between the Moullettes and Acheson is in the second folder, which includes a 1969 letter from Acheson to Clarence Moullette, acknowledging his letter regarding John Moullette’s successful career. The public opinion letters follow in subsequent folders, filed alphabetically.

In addition to correspondence, this collection contains a “Printed Materials” folder with a wide range of printed matter dealing directly or indirectly with the Korean War and various aspects of the United States policy in Korea. This material includes religious and astrological tracts expressing various ideologies from extreme left to extreme right, directed at religious and political groups such as Catholics, Jews, Communists, and anti-Communists. It includes pro-Communist literature including excerpts from the Daily Worker and selected speeches of W.E.B. DuBois.

The Moullette Papers also contain two spiral-bound collections of the autobiographical writings of John Moullette and a book of Clarence Moullette’s poetry edited by his son. The cross-reference folder documents two books that were transferred to the Library’s printed materials collection.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-2

  CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1951-1969
Correspondence between Dean Acheson, Clarence Moullette, and Marine Corps Corporal John B. Moullette, along with thirteen folders of public opinion mail regarding U.S. Korean War policy. The Acheson-Moullette correspondence is filed first, and the letters from the public are filed alphabetically.

2

  PRINTED MATERIAL FILE, 1944-2015
Printed matter regarding the Acheson-Moullette correspondence, including pamphlets, periodicals, clippings, religious and political tracts, and articles expressing varied opinions on the Truman administration’s Korean War policy and Soviet-American relations, as well as collected poetry and other material by Clarence and John B. Moullette.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1951-1969

Box 1

  • Correspondence—Dean Acheson to Clarence E. Moullette, February 23, 1951 [includes John B. Moullette’s January 16, 1951 letter to his father with Clarence Moullette’s cover letter to Dean Acheson]
  • Correspondence—Subsequent Acheson-Moullette Correspondence and Other Related Items Copied from the Dean Acheson Papers
  • Public Opinion Mail, A—B
  • Public Opinion Mail, C—D
  • Public Opinion Mail, E—F
  • Public Opinion Mail, G—H
  • Public Opinion Mail, I—J
  • Public Opinion Mail, K—L
  • Public Opinion Mail, M—N
  • Public Opinion Mail, O—P
  • Public Opinion Mail, Q—R
  • Public Opinion Mail, S—U

Box 2

  • Public Opinion Mail, V—Z
  • Public Opinion Mail—Unsigned [1 of 2]
  • Public Opinion Mail—Unsigned [2 of 2]

PRINTED MATERIALS FILE, 1944-2015

  • Clippings
  • Cross Reference Sheet
  • Miscellaneous
  • Pamphlets and Periodicals
  • Poetry—Collection of Clarence Earle Moullette 1897-1972 “An Anthology”
  • Writings—John Moullette
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