Solomon A. Card, Jr. U.S. Army Chaplain Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1260
Creators:
Card, Solomon A., Jr., 1921-1975
Dates:
undated
1938 - 1975
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 cubic foot
4 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Papers documenting the career of Chaplain Solomon A. Card, Jr, a United States Army chaplain,who served tours of duty in Korea and in Vietnam. He remained in the Army for 20 years and died just three months after retiring at Fort Hood, Texas.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection primarily documents the military career of Chaplain Solomon A. Card, Jr. It includes postcards, correspondence, photographs, slides, newspaper clippings and articles. There is a substantial amount of photographic materials relating to his tours in Korea and Vietnam. These images document the social activities of the military, chapels, orphanages and the landscapes of the two countries. There is a small amount of material relating to his personal life, primarily his education. Other personal papers include wedding documents and photographs and his death certificate. The materials are arranged into three series.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into three series.
Series 1: Personal Papers, 1938-1976
Series 2: Correspondence, 1956-1971
Series 3: Photographic Materials, 1939-1975, undated
Subseries 3.1: Photographs, 1939-1975, undated
Subseries 3.2: Slides, 1957, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Solomon Ackley Card, Jr. was a United States Army chaplain. He was born on November 28, 1921 to Solomon Ackley Card, Sr. and Jennie Louise Mudge in New York. He attended public schools in New York graduating from Leonardsville High School in 1939. Card attended Cazenovia Seminary and Junior College in 1941. In August 1942, he married Lavina Coral Gates and from this union four children were born; James, David, Diana, and Nancy. Card earned a Bachelors of Divinity degree from Syracuse University in 1943 and his Masters of Divinity degree from Drew University. He was ordained in 1946. Upon graduation he was appointed pastor of the Black River Methodist Church in New York in May, 1946, and in 1950 was assigned to the Clayton Church of Christ. He also served parishioners at Felts Mills, Omar and St. Lawrence in New York. Card joined the United States Army Reserves as a chaplain with the rank of first lieutenant in 1950. He was promoted to captain in July 1952. For five years he was chaplain of the 314th military police battalion with headquarters in Ogdensburg, New York. During the Korean War he was called in for several brief tours of active duty at Camp Drum and Murphy Army General Hospital in Waltham, Massachusetts. He also served tours of duty in Europe, Korea and Vietnam. In 1966, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal for disarming a distraught soldier who had fired seventeen rounds from an M-16 rifle near the heavily populated Di An base camp in Vietnam. While serving in Da Nang, Vietnam, as chaplain for headquarters of the Army Support Command, he was promoted to, rank of colonel. Card remained in the Army for twenty years. He died December 4, 1975, just three months after retiring at Fort Hood, Texas, at the age of fifty-four.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Marian Tatum-Webb, volunteer and Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist, 2012.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Marian Tatum-Webb
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Archives Center by Nancy L. Card in 2011.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Solomon A. Card, Jr. United States Army Chaplain Papers, 1938-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs, negatives, and slides.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Clergy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century. Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diplomas Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Military chaplains Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu