Contains letters and postcards written by Jack Normand Butts to his mother, Alma, from U.S. Air Force bases across the United States from 1961 to 1967. Most of the letters deal with daily life on the base, the U.S. stock market, and wanting to know more about life back home in McPherson, Kansas. There is one letter in 1966 where Jack mentions he had finally arrived in Thailand, where most of the U.S. Air Force was stationed during the Vietnam War.
The collection also contains letters from Alma to Jack from 1966 to her death in 1967. Most of the letters are descriptions of Alma's home life and questions to jack about the trading of stocks. Also included are letters to Jack from his sister, Maxine McFarland, from the death of their mother to 1970. These letters are mostly updates on Jack's extended family in Kansas.
Jack Normand Butts was born on April 12, 1923 to Lena Alma and Andrew Jackson Butts. Butts served as a bomber pilot in World War Two (WWII), and served in the Air War College during the Vietnam War. He spent a year posted in Thailand in 1966. After his time in Thailand, Butts was promoted to full Colonel, and retired in 1969. He died on Decmber 15, 2013.