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John Stewart Dolcater Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 19, Folder: 9
Identifier: 2017-561-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence from Sergeant J. Stewart Dolcater to his mother Alma during the Second World War. Dolcater was stationed in North Africa during Operation Torch. He discusses the letters he has received and news from home. In some of his letters, he wonders why his mother has not received his previous mail, pointing out that enemy submarines might be responsible. Dolcater was a radio technician in his outfit, which he points out is not the same thing as a radar technician. He discusses being bombed by German air force and when he gets to Italy late in early 1944, he discusses visiting Pompei, although apparently Mount Vesuvius was erupting at the time so he was not able to see the volcano itself. His last letter comes from the Anzio Beachhead where he and his companions saw active combat against Axis forces as they landed on the coast of Italy. Most of this letter was redacted by censors, but it does give some impression of what battle on the beach was like.

Dolcater passed away in 2002.


  • 1943 January 2 - 1944 April 28

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This collection is open for research.

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0.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains correspondence from Sgt. John Stewart Dolcater to his mother Alma during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Norma J. Dolcater.

Finding Aid for the John Stewart Dolcater Second World War correspondence
Lorraine Shaller
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States