“K” is for Adeline King


The papers of Adeline King document her life and career in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Smyrna from 1931-1989. King was a well-published journalist, writing trade articles for The Maritime Reporter, feature stories for The Tennessean, the Nashville Bridge Company’s Na-Bri-Co News, and weekly articles for the Rutherford Courier.

She is best known for her Smyrna Bulletins, written bi-weekly during World War II and sent to local servicemen serving overseas. Twice a month for nearly two years, King mailed an informal newsletter to men from Smyrna who were serving in the armed forces. Many of the young men wrote back to King and expressed their appreciation for her morale-boosting letters, which they often received under the direst circumstances: in snow-banked foxholes in Germany, in the first mail delivery that came to the Marines who captured Iwo Jima, or during a London air raid.

Written by Julie Maresco, gradute assistant

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