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Franklin Ohr Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 88, Folder: 1-16, Folder: 1-16
Identifier: 2017-057-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence and photographs from Sgt. Franklin Ohr, 17th Army Postal Unit, U.S. Army, during his service in the Second World War. Franklin Ohr wrote to his wife, Zella. There are also three letters from Zella to Franklin. The photographs, 1942 - 1945, include images of Ohr and places he was stationed or visited in the United States and Europe. The collection also includes two copies of the book "Under the Gun: They Will Be Legend" by Tim Ohr, Franklin and Zella's son.


  • 1944 July 10-1945 August 20

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

From Tim Ohr on donor form: "Franklin grew up in Union, New Jersey, and was an Eagle Scout. He had three brothers. One, Milton F. Ohr, served in Europe as an anti-aircraft gunner. They saw each other in Europe, described in letter. Franklin moved to Florida after the war and became a builder. Zella met Franklin at a Fort Knox USO dance while living in Louisville. She was born in Glasgow, KY." Brothers - Norman T. Ohr and Milton F. Ohr Zella Turner Ohr - b. July 20, 1915 - d. June 20, 2005 Married Oct. 28, 1944. From the Louisville Courier-Journal, Oct 1, 1944: "Mrs. Annie Turner, 1514 Olive Street, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Zella Turner, to Sgt- Franklin C. Ohr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ohr, Union, N. J. The wedding will take place on October 28 in Douglass Boulevard Christian Church."


.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence and photographs from Sgt. Franklin Ohr, U.S. Army, during his service in the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author and date. Series 1: Correspondence - Franklin Ohr to Zella Ohr, 1944-1945 -- Series 2: Correspondence - Zella Ohr to Franklin Ohr, 1944-1945 -- Series 3: Ephemera -- Series 4: Photographs, 1942-1945 -- Series 5: Books, 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Tim Ohr.

Legal Status

Donor irrevocably transfers, conveys, and assigns to Chapman University all Intellectual Property Rights for the Donated Materials with the exception of books by Tim Ohr. For more information, consult original donation form.
Finding Aid for the Franklin Ohr Second World War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
February 2, 2018
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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