Walter L. Wiese Jr. Second World War correspondence
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.
- 1945 January 5-1945 May 30
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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.
.16 Linear feet (2 folders)
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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.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Betty Uxa and the Wiese family.
- Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Local sources
- World War (1939-1945) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) -- Christmas Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) -- Germany Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War (1939-1945) -- Hospitals Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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