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Murphy, Kenneth papers

Identifier: Mss 5-PH 3-PS 2-NB 1

Content Description

This collection comprises of the personal papers, photographs, booklets, maps, and ephemera during the periods of time Kenneth Murphy was in the United States Military. The collection also includes the newsletters of the 11th Airborne Division Association which Murphy was vice - president of during the late 1970s. The collection is organized into 12 series based on type and subject.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942 - 1990 Series 2: Giessen Post, 1958 - 1961 Series 3: Presentations, 1961 - 1964 Series 4: Training, 1970, undated Series 5: Certificates, 1946 - 1971, 2000 Series 6: Kenneth Murphy Funeral, 2000 Series 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1953 - 1961, 1995 - 2000, undated Series 4: Camp Newsletters, 1942 - 1958 Series 5: Ephemera, 1942 - 1963, undated Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1966 - 1971, undated Series 7: Booklets, 1932 - 1969 Series 8: 11th Airborne Division Association Newsletter, 1973 - 1998 Series 9: Photographs Series 10: Photographic Negatives, undated Series 11 Photographic Slides, 1961 Series 12: Maps, 1908, 1969 - 1970, 1987


  • 1908 - 2000

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth A. Murphy was born and raised in Lakefield, Minnesota and prior to World War Two attended the University of St. Thomas for pre-med and the University of Minnesota for agriculture. In 1942 Murphy was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 11th Airborne Division until October 1946. He was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, participating in the Allied Occupation of Japan following World War Two. In 1949 he was with the United States military Observer and Advisory Group in Palestine. From November 1951 to April 1954 he served with the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean Conflict and with Allied forces in Japan. Starting in 1954 he served as the National Guard Advisor for the 150th Infantry Regiment at St. Albans, West Virginia. He attended the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in September 1955. Upon graduating, he rejoined the 82nd Airborne Division as a battle group executive officer for the 1st Airborne Battle Group, 504th Infantry Regiment in Giessen, Germany. After completing the assignment in Germany in March of 1965, he was transferred to the XVIII Airborne Corps until July of 1967 he was assigned to the Minnesota Army Reserves as a Senior Advisor. He retired from military service as a colonel in August 1972. After his retirement Murphy became vice-president of the 11th Airborne Division Association from 1978-1979, and worked at Investment Rarities Inc. in Minneapolis as a silver, gold, and rare coins counselor.


1.27 Cubic Feet (9 archival box, 360 photographs, 31 photographic negatives, 6 sheet maps.)

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Copyright Notice

The Minnesota Military Museum does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the Minnesota Military Museum Archives and Special Collections are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Processing Information

Processed by Chad Conrady in December 2014

Kenneth Murphy Papers
Chad Conrady
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Repository Details

Part of the Minnesota Military & Veterans Museum Repository

Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum
Camp Ripley
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345 United States