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William D. Paschal Collection

Identifier: MS 002
There are 6 series in this collection.

Newspapers: contains articles from World War II, D-Day, and Desert Storm.

Paschal: contains papers, newsletters, photographs, speeches, articles, cassette tapes, and copies of declassified government documents relating Edmund Pfannenstiel’s efforts on behalf of his fellow POW’s as Man of Confidence in Stalag 9B. Mr. Pfannenstiel was a native of Munjor, Kansas.

Periodicals: various periodicals including American Legion Magazine and Ex-POW Bulletin.

Video Collection: Video tapes of various topics relating to World War II.

Books: 524 books with various topics, mostly relating to World War II and other military actions and events.

Albums (LP's): speeches of various topics


  • Existence: 1942-2002

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


7.84 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

William Delbert Paschal was born on October 7, 1925 in Osborne County, Kansas. After graduating from Osborne High School in 1943, he went to Iowa State University as part of the Army Specialized Training Program. This program was ended by the Army at the end of 1943, and all the participants were sent to infantry basic training. William was assigned to the 100th Infantry Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in April 1944. He arrived in France in October 1944 and served as first scout in the Vosges Mountains campaign. He participated in severe battles in the mountains, around Bitche, France and around the Maginot and Siegfried Lines.

William volunteered to become a company aid man medic on Christmas Day 1944. On January 8, 1945, he became one of seven survivors of the Second Platoon, E Company, 397th Regiment of the 100th Division and was captured by the German 17th SS Panzer Division. While a prisoner he survived two bombing-strafing runs by the U.S. Air Force and was sent to a commando camp for forced labor in German soft coal mines.

During his 25 months of active service, William received a total of 18 awards and decorations. Among them are the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with the ‘V’ Device for Valor, two more Bronze Stars, the Prisoner of War Medal, and the Purple Heart. He also received from the government of France the Le Medaille de la France Librerèe, the Le Croix du la Combattant Voluntaire, and the le Croix du la Combattant Voluntaire de la Resistance.

William returned home after liberation in April 1945 and married Marjorie Green, his high school sweetheart, on June 17, 1945. They had four children: Nancy Charlotte Thomas, Jan Paschal Fitzgibbons, Alan Paschal, and Ronald Paschal.

William attended college on the G.I. Bill and became a bacteriologist. He was a milk sanitarian for the city of Lawrence, Kansas, and later was the bacteriologist for the Kansas State Board of Agriculture in Topeka, Kansas. William was in charge of testing all of the dairy products sold in the state of Kansas. In 1957 he resigned from the state of Kansas and went to dental school in Kansas City, Missouri. While attending dental school he worked evenings and weekends in the Kansas City, Kansas head department laboratory.

In 1961 William and his family moved to Hoisington, Kansas, and practiced there for four years. While there he was active in the Chamber of Commerce, was president of the Kiwanis Club, and commander of the American Legion Post #286. William and Marjorie became members of the Hoisington Methodist Church where William served on the board.

In 1965 the Paschals moved to Wichita and William practiced for several months in the office of classmate Dr. Virgil Palmer. In 1966 William opened his own home-office dental practice in Wichita. He was a member of the Society for Dental Analgesia, the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, the Wichita District Dental Society, the Kansas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. William was a member of an informal group, the Thursday Night Motorcycle Riders, as well as the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He was a member of the Air Capital Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War and served as its treasurer for over a decade.

Dr. William D. Paschal died August 11, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. He is buried in the Resthaven Cemetery west of Wichita.


The collection is arranged as follows:

I. Newspapers II. Paschal Miscellaneous III. Periodicals IV. Video Collection V. Books VI. Albums (LP's)


April 8, 1998

Related Materials

The Edmund Pfannenstiel Collection
Guide to the William D. Paschal Collection
Patty Nicholas
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Special Collections Repository

502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601 United States