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Box 4253.004


Contains 22 Collections and/or Records:

A. T. Patrick Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 001
Scope and Contents The A. T. Patrick Letters consists of thirty-seven letters from S/Sgt. A. T. Patrick to Mary E. Coffman in Keyser, West Virginia. He was a radio operator in the Army stationed in Walla Walla, Washington; Redmond, Oregon; and Avon Park, Florida. All of the letters were to "Sally." Every letter expressed how much he missed Sally and how he thought about her frequently. The collection Includes newspaper clippings of Army jokes and affidavit forms for marriage.
Dates: 1943 - 1945

R. E. McMurray Letters, 1943 - 1946

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 002
Scope and Contents Collection contains letters from R. E. McMurray to his wife and other family members in Hobart, Indiana, during World War Two. The letters were sent from New York; Camp Rucker, Alabama; Italy; and Japan. They discuss work, the McMurray family, health, and religion. The letters are written to "Mother" from "Daddy."
Dates: 1943 - 1946

Menial Horton Kiser Letters and Photographs, 1943 - 1946

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 003
Scope and Contents This collection consists of six letters from Corporal Menial Horton Kiser, United States Army, during World War II, to his family. Two of the letters are written to his “Pop,” Mr. Colson Kiser, Jeffersonville, Indiana. The letter dated 1 April 1944, to his father, Edna, and Jack, is a partial letter with only one page. One is written to his brother, Jack Kiser, in Olive Hill, Kentucky, but the address is crossed out. Another letter is written to Pop, Edna, and Jack, from Horton. The last letter...
Dates: 1943 - 1946

Deane Terry Article and Ration Books, 1943 - 1955

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 004
Scope and Contents Six World War Two ration books, one issued to Dean Terry and the others to memebers of the Dent, Lilly, and Snuffer families. Also, one article listing Deane Terry as receiving a practical nursing certificate.
Dates: 1943 - 1955

Mike L. Owen Letters, 1943 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 005
Scope and Contents The collection includes ten letters between Max Oppenheimer, who later changed his name to Mike Owen, to his fiancee, and later wife, Eleanor (Nora) Mayer. He was a lieutenant in the armed forces, and he wrote from Virginia and California to Eleanor in Virginia and Illinois. In the letters he discusses wedding plans, possible new last names, travel arrangements, friends, newspaper clippings they exchanged, doctor visits, their son Mick, the game Bridge, movies, and he requests detailed...
Dates: 1943 - 1945

Letter from Larry to Mother, 1944 March 7

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 006
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one letter written to mother from Larry discussing camp life in the jungles of New Guinea. He request she relay messages to several people and does not know when he will return home.
Dates: 1944 March 7

Lt. Donald Balassa Letter and Photographs, 1944 March 10

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 007
Scope and Contents There is one letter from Lt. Donald Balassa, then stationed in Italy, to friends in the United States. He thanks them for the magazines they sent and complains that his experiences in the war are nothing like the propaganda produced for the home front. He also includes 3 photographs and includes descriptions on the reverse.
Dates: 1944 March 10

Robert M. Frelich Letter, 1944 March 30

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 008
Scope and Contents This is a letter from Robert M. Frelich to his friends.  He discusses life at Bergstrom Field.  He also writes about friends of his and what they are currently doing and when he last saw them.
Dates: 1944 March 30

Jimmie W. Bokros Letter, 1944 July 5

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 010
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one letter from Jimmie W. Bokros to Gloria Motz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, written on July 5, 1944 from "Somewhere in France." In the letter Bokros tells her that he is in France and that he is okay. He asks her to tell "Uncle Art" that he will bring home any stamps he can get for him.
Dates: 1944 July 5

Letter from Em to Lloyd Heinselman, 1944 July 7

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 011
Scope and Contents The collection is one letter from Em to her friend Lloyd Heinselman. She related news of friends in the military and some of her husband's family history. Letterhead from the Cheer Up Society indicates Em was probably Australian.
Dates: 1944 July 7

Robert E. Turnbull Letter and Envelope, 1944 August 8

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 012
Scope and Contents This is a letter from Robert E. Turnbull to a family member, probably his sister. He describes the weather in England and France, complains about the complicated currency, and comments on various friends and relatives.
Dates: 1944 August 8

Bill Hilton Letter, 1944 September 12

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 013
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one V-Mail letter from Staff Sergeant Bill Hilton, serving with the Headquarter Company of the 1st Battalion, 47th Infantry in Belgium in September 1944, written to his mother, Mrs. E.R. Hilton of Crafton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This letter apparently is an immediate continuation of an earlier V-Mail. In this letter he tells his mother that he does not want any heavy socks as the army issues new socks about once a week “while the bullets are flying – when...
Dates: 1944 September 12

Doyal Sanders Letter, 1944 September 15

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 014
Scope and Contents Contains one letter from Corporal Doyal Sanders in New York City, to his father in San Angelo, Texas. He told his father he was enjoying his job and had received letters from other family members. Sanders was a corporal in the Army, serving in the 367th Bombardment Squadron.
Dates: 1944 September 15

Harold E. Little Letter, 1944 October 2

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 015
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a letter from Harold E. Little, Shoemaker, California, to Robert and Richard Young, Chicago, Illinois, 2 October 1944. Harold Little is enlisted in the United States Navy and states that he is “waiting for a ship.” He also writes about missing home and missing his wife.
Dates: 1944 October 2

Bill H. Axelby Letter, 1944 November 6

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 016
Scope and Contents In this letter from William (“Bill”) H. Axelby, Fort Benning, Georgia, to his mother, Mrs. F. D. Axelby, Jersey City, New Jersey, 6 November 1944, he writes about having a wisdom tooth removed and that he will soon be leaving and getting a new APO. The letter is written on Fort Benning, Georgia, stationery.
Dates: 1944 November 6

Prisoners of War Letter, 1944 November 16

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 017
Scope and Contents This is one letter to the editor of the Palladium - Item (a newspaper in Richmond, Indiana). The anonymous letter corrects the opinion piece printed earlier concerning prisoners of war. The opinion piece complained that we (the United States) treat our captured enemy soldiers too well, while U.S. soldiers detained in POW camps are mistreated by the Nazis. The response outlines the treatment for Prisoners of War demanded by the Geneva Treaty of 1929.
Dates: 1944 November 16

Joe Gilmore Letter, 1944

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 018
Scope and Contents The collection contains one letter from Joe Gilmore to his sister L.L. Wooley in North Carolina. The letter was sent via V-mail. He lets her know that he and the boys are fine, tells her he does not enjoy Italy, and asks about a friend.
Dates: 1944

Bonnie Myers Letters, 1944, 1946

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 019
Scope and Contents Contains two letters written to Bonnie Myers from her brother and friend, both overseas in the military. Clifford "Sonny" Myers, serving in Manila, Philippines, writes with news of friends in the service and inquires about news from home. Robert King, serving in Italy, answers her questions about soldiers from Jeffersonville.
Dates: 1944, 1946; 1946

Bob Bretz Letters, 1944

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 020
Scope and Contents The collection contains 4 handwritten "v-mail" letters from Private Bob Bretz to his mother Mrs. H.J. Bretz in St Louis, Missouri. Bob is away at war. He sent these letters to check on his family and to tell them that he is doing well and in good health.
Dates: 1944

Donald Householder Letters, 1944 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 021
Scope and Contents Contains letters from a staff sergeant (later, master sergeant) on the French and German fronts during the end of World War II, writing to his parents with daily news and looking forward to going home. Householder discusses acquaintances and sight-seeing, anticipation for his return home, and one letter describes Hitler's personal yacht, which Householder's company took possession of. The final letter is written on the back of a dispatch from the Office of the Transport Commander of the SS...
Dates: 1944 - 1945

Rolland Plattner Letters, 1944 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 022
Scope and Contents This collection contains 41 letters and two newsletters sent from Rolland Plattner to Harold Regnier while the former served a tour of duty in the Pacific during the last two years of World War II. Plattner's letters mainly discussed daily life in various Army camps in Hawaii, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He also inquired about life in Clifton, Illinois. Two letters (4/10/44 and 9/14/44) were censored, and eighteen were sent using the V-mail service. Copies of the newsletters the ...
Dates: 1944 - 1945

Thomas Atwood Letters, 1944 - 1945

 File — Box: 4253.004, Folder: 023
Scope and Contents This collection contains letters written by PFC Thomas Atwood to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Atwood of Williamsburg, Ohio. The letters date from 1944-1945. In earlier letters PFC Thomas Atwood tells of his daily life in the Fifth Training Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. In later letters he writes about his recovery from a wound to the head while serving in Europe. There is also a letter from 1st Lieutenant G.E. Stoudt, of Billings General Hospital, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, to Mrs....
Dates: 1944 - 1945