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Box 4253.003


Contains 14 Collections and/or Records:

Lewis P. Schindler Letters, 1943 - 1944

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 001
Scope and Contents All letters are written to a Mr. Lanier Merritt of Nashville, Tennessee, a friend of Mr. Schindler. The letters discuss the landscape near Camp Cooke, California, including the Sierra Nevada and Catalina Island. He discusses daily exercises, playing music, and his travel from Camp Cooke, California to Clerical school in Toledo, Ohio. He discusses the possibility of returning home and what he misses. He is on special duty at Camp Bowie, in charge of a depot of weapons. Some letters are written...
Dates: 1943 - 1944

Dot Chandler Letters, 1943 - 1944

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 002
Scope and Contents This collection contains letters sent from Private First Class Milton Brumbaugh's wife Rosy to family during World War II. Brambaugh was stationed at Fort Benning, and his wife worked in Columbus, Georgia. The letters deal with their daily lives in Columbus.
Dates: 1943 - 1944

Edward M. Knight Letters and Photographs, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 003
Scope and Contents Letters from Sgt. Edward Knight, stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, North Africa, Italy and France to friend Lacey Ennis of Fitzgerald, Georgia. Discusses camp life, native life, army censorship, weather, travels in Europe. Two letters are on American Red Cross letterhead; one is on Fort Belvoir, Virginia letterhead. Includes four photos, three of Knight, depicting Army life in Europe during World War Two.
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Julius F. Eckart Collection, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 004
Scope and Contents This collection consists of letters written by P.F.C. Julius F. “Julie” Eckart of the 670tj and the 671st Port Company Regiment, Transportation Corps to Violet Earle of Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. Eckart describes his various duties, particularly guard duty, and the weather while stationed in Iran from July 1943 to January 21, 1945. He also describes the sand storms and how varied the temperature can be there. On January 1, 1945, while still in Iran, Eckart proposes marriage to Violet...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Howard Robinson Letters, 1944 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 005
Scope and Contents This collection consists of four letters to Professor Howard Robinson, Oberlin, Ohio, three of which are from Corporal Leonard L. Beal, North Africa and two are from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa, Corsica. The letter dated 6 November 1943, from First Lieutenant Donald (“Don”) Balassa mentions farming methods and vegetables. He also mentions he, “bumped into…an officer” in the British Army, “who was a communist.” The next letter from Donald (“Don”) Balassa is dated 22 April 1944. This...
Dates: 1944 - 1945

Helen Becker Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 006
Scope and Contents This collection consists of ten letters and one telegram written by Private, then Sergeant Helen Becker to Lieutenant Robert O. Haas between September 23, 1943 and June 29,1945. In the letters Becker describes various duties (watch, mess, etc.) and activities (swimming, dancing, etc.)
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Lorraine Hanson Correspondence, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 007
Scope and Contents This collection contains fourteen letters and one receipt written to Lorraine Hanson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The receipt is for payment of rent to Lily Magness, and one letter is from a stranger. The other letters come from family and friends who are fighting overseas in World War Two. Most conversation is brief and reflects a desire for the war to be over and life to return to normal. There is speculation as to what the future might hold.
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Albert J. "Ab" Haas Jr. Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 008
Scope and Contents This collection consists of fifteen letters written mainly between May 3 and November 17, 1945 (one was written on September 19, 1943) by Albert J. "Ab" Haas Jr., Carpenter's Mate 2nd class, Co. D. 8th Naval Construction Battalion. The letters are to his brother, Lt. Robert O. Haas of the 345th Bomb Group. In the letters Haas complains about the lack of liberty, the food and living conditions, and how he hopes that he, Robert and another brother, Pete, also in the armed services, all make it...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Ethel Moore Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 009
Scope and Contents This collection consists of 8 letters and 2 greeting cards written by Ethel Moore of Chicago, Illinois, to Sergeant (later Staff Sergeant) John O. Jacobson of A Battery, 169th Battalion, C.A.C. from September 3, 1943 to April 23, 1945. The letters describe the various events, dinners, parties, etc., she attends. She also talks about their friends and families. The newspaper clippings are miscellaneous articles and cartoons that she included in her letters.
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Vorel Family Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 010
Scope and Contents This collections consists of 48 letters written to Joseph and Marie Vorel of Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois, by Joseph Jr., “Joie,” and Robert “Bobby” Vorel, and to Joie Vorel, from his brother, Bobby Vorel while they were both in the military during World War II. 37 of the letters in the collection are written by Bobby to either his parents or his brother and describe the various locations where he is stationed. Also, in almost every letter, he asks his parents to send packages of food and...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Vernon Keith Davisson Diary, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 011
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one diary kept by Vernon Keith Davisson of West Manchester, Preble County, Ohio, while he was on the U.S.S. George A. Johnson during World War II. In the main, the diary relates the various ports of call of the U.S.S. George A. Johnson, DE-583, made in the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The entry on February 20, 1945 describes a surprise attack during a broadcast from the States. The ship was hit by a torpedo that killed 46 and wounded 16. The following day...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Jolley Family Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 012
Scope and Contents This collection consists of 12 letters written by Amy, William Jr., and Jack while William and Jack were in the Armed Services during World War II – William with the 363rd Infantry, 91st Division in Italy and Jack with the 642nd Engineer Company in New Guinea. Amy’s two letters, dated July 12 and July 29, 1944, to William were returned as he was initially declared missing in action and then confirmed dead on July 24, 1944. His last letter, dated July 17, 1944, was written to Amy and her family...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Letters to Mother and Dad from Dick, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 013
Scope and Contents Nineteen letters from Dick to his mother and father during World War II. He discusses military life, movies, plane crashes, attempting to get new tires from the ration board, the lack of payment from the Air Force, visiting Andrew Jackson's home, and current football and baseball news. There is one partial letter from Charles Collins, U.S. Air Force, to Dick.
Dates: 1943 - 1945

F. W. Gleason Jr. Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.003, Folder: 014
Scope and Contents This collection consists of eleven letters, one being a Christmas card, and one being a Mother’s Day card from Lt. F. W. (Wesley) Gleason Jr., U.S.C.G.R. (United States Coast Guard Reserve), aboard the USS Arthur Middleton, out of San Francisco, California, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Gleason, New Orleans, Louisiana. These letters are dated from December 1943 to February 1945. In the June 9, 1944 letter, he states, “Yesterday made nine months since I...
Dates: 1943 - 1945