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Walter L. Wiese Jr. Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 17, Folder: 20-21
Identifier: 2017-616-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains fourty-five written correspondences from Staff Sergeant Walter L. Wiese Jr., US Army, to his wife June B. (Spinner) Wiese during the Second World War. In these letters, Walter refers to his wife by the nicknames "Bade" or "Junie." He writes to June about about how much he loves her and wants to come home to her, receiving her Christmas gift, recovering from a leg injury, reminiscing about their first date and their marriage, preparing to leave the hospital and join his outfit, receiving a Purple Heart, being mistaken for being missing in action (MIA), asking about June's new dog, Jiggs, wishing her a happy birthday and wanting to be with her to celebrate, finally arriving at the front, riding a horse for the first time, requesting care packages, hearing of the Nazi's surrender in Germany and feeling even more ready to return home, and sending home money. There are two additional letters addressed to June that were not sent by Walter. The two, sent separately by Chaplain Urban S. Kouopka and First Sergeant Charles E. Reynolds, inform her of a military mistake in which Walter was declared MIA instead of merely wounded and apologize for the error.

Dates

  • 1945 January 5-1945 May 30

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Walter L. Wiese Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1917. Before entering active service, he married his wife June B. (Spinner) Wiese, who was also born in St. Louis. He enlisted in the military on 19 March 1941 and was honorably discharged on 12 October 1945, receiving five Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Purple Heart. Walter was reported missing in action but was actually wounded in action on 19 January 1945 in Luxembourg, Germany. After the war, he returned to St. Louis and worked as a truck driver delivering meat to butcher shops. He and June went on to have five children: Mary Jane, Diana, Elizabeth, Walter, and Joseph.

Extent

.16 Linear feet (2 folders)

Overview

This collection contains fourty-five written correspondences from SSGT. Walter L. Wiese Jr., USA, to his wife June B. (Spinner) Wiese during the Second World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Betty Uxa and the Wiese family.

Legal Status

Donor retains any copyright and related rights. For more information, consult original donation form.
Title
Finding Aid for the Walter L. Wiese Jr. Second World War correspondence
Status
Under Revision
Author
Lee Feldman
Date
1/4/2018
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States