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Accession # 1993-P014:00001
Collection Hoopert, Jos. D.
Object Name print, photographic
Description (1) portrait, Col. Wilbur S. Nye.


Col. Wilbur S. Nye was born on Oct. 12, 1898 in Ohio. He enlisted in the army as a private on June 9, 1917, and served as an enlisted man until 1918, when he was appointed a cadet in the Military Academy. He graduated from West Point on July 2, 1920. While assigned at Fort Bragg, he was engaged in flash & sound ranging - a method of determining location of artillery. He received orders to report to Fort Sill for the advanced course. At Fort Sill, a superior officer, C.S. Blakely, ordered him to write a story on Old Fort Sill. In 1937, after 5 years of research, Nye's book (Carbine and Lance) was published by the Univ. of Okla. It was extremely popular. A revised edition came out in 1942, and the paperback was published in 1983. Nye was stationed at Fort Sill from 1933 until 1938. He died on June 2, 1970. In his life, he authored many books about Native Americans and military life.

FAMILY HISTORY:
Donor Lt. Col. Joseph D. Hoopert was born March 13, 1907 in Dayton, Ohio. He married Thelma Osborn in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 12, 1929. Hoopert enlisted in the Army in 1932. He was named Assistant Provost Marshal at Ft. Sill in December 1955. He retiried in 1960 from the Army, and became Red Cross board president in June 1961. In Feb. 1962, Hoopert became public relations manager for Cache Road Square. In October, he was named an assistant pardon and parole officer for southwest Oklahoma. Hoopert died on May 23, 1971 in Lawton, Okla.
Date 1968
People Nye, Wilbur S.
Search Terms portrait
miltary
literature