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Francis M. Wulbern Papers

Identifier: MS-0273

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, telegraph messages, classroom materials, official publications pertaining to administrative procedures, tactics, and equipment specifications, as well as photographs and certificates of Francis Wulbern. Of particular interest are the letters of General Altamirano of the Sandinistas and of the U.S. Commander of the Northern Area in Nicaragua in 1930. Also included are telegraph messages announcing the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the German and Italian declarations of war, and ship-to-ship communications during convoy runs to Iceland from the US during the winter of 1941/1942. There is also an extensive collection of field manuals that cover many aspects of amphibious and small unit operations.


  • Creation: 1922-1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Francis Marion Wulburn served in the Marine Corps between 1930 and 1943. During this time he was stationed in Nicaragua; the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia; an instructor at Quantico, Virginia; and at the Army's Engineer Amphibian Command at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. He also served as Commandant of the Marine detachments aboard the Battleships of the Atlantic Fleet at the outbreak of the war, and as a staff member of the Commander of Central Pacific Operations.


5.00 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Julian H. Wulbern

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Francis M. Wulbern Papers
Steve Wolz
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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