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Frederick Hecht papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-060-s-r

Content Description

The collection contains personal documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, and memorial ephemera concerning Private First Class Frederick Hecht. Hecht enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 at the age of 23 along with his two brothers and his sister. Hecht was killed on 17 April 1943 when a shell hit his foxhole during the invasion of North Africa. Most of the information in the collection concerns the interring of his remains en situ until 1944 when they were moved back to the United States for reburial. During his time in the 9th Division of the 47th Infantry stationed at Fort Bragg, Hecht was part of the Glee Club. The collection includes the booklets of songs he kept, as well as a Fort Bragg newspaper and a script for an event he took part in called, "Fort Bragg Salutes America."

The collection contains correspondence from Frederick Hecht to his mother and father; correspondence from another soldier, Gordon Sympson, regarding Hecht's death; correspondence to Frederick's nephew Michael about Frederick; photographs; personal documents like Hecht's facsimile birth certificate and his glee club songbook; certificates of donation to the Frederick Hecht Memorial Post in Spring Valley, New York; newspaper clippings from the Fort Bragg newsletter; newspaper clippings announcing Hecht's Silver Star and his death in combat; biographical documents; a memorial service register from Hecht's funeral; 2 copies of the 1941 9th Division, 47th Infantry Fort Bragg yearbook; Hecht's Purple Heart, Silver Star, and marksmanship medals; his military hats, badges, and patches; a deck of planespotting cards; a cigarette case; and a rolled panoramic photo.


  • 1941-02-07 - 2013-01-02

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents and realia pertaining to the military service and death in combat of Private First Class Frederick Hecht during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type and date.

Series 1. Correspondence, personal, from Frederick Hecht Series 2. Correspondence, personal, to Hecht Family Series 3. Correspondence, other, to Michael Hecht Series 4. Photographs Series 5. Personal Documents Series 6. Memorial Post Documents Series 7. Newspaper Clippings Series 8. Biographical Documents Series 9. Realia

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Custodial History

Previously owned by Michael Hecht, nephew of Frederick Hecht.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from The Book Store.

Condition Description


Finding Aid for the Frederick Hecht papers
Lorraine Shaller
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US