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Cleenput brothers Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 14, Folder: 7
Identifier: 2017-232-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains nine correspondence between the Cleenput brothers during the Second World War. Seven of the letters were written by Corporal Jacob Cleenput, 5th Armored Division, US Army, to his brother Peter Cleenput, Jr. and his family in Paramus, New Jersey. Jacob wrote about planning on returning home on furlough, loading vehicles onto trains for transportation across the United States, hoping Frank doesn't enter the military, serving under a new general, preparing for a spike in guard duty shifts, earning his first promotion and awaiting a second one, testing the tank artillery, and going overseas to engage with the War in Europe. One letter was written by Peter to Jacob, in which he wrote about wishing to hear from his brother, the lack of events occurring in Paramus, passing on news about his kids and other siblings of theirs, and hoping things are well with him. One letter was written by Petty Officer Second Class Frank Cleenput, USS American Legion, US Navy to Peter, in which he wrote about returned letters he had written to Jacob. It is unknown whether he knew Jacob was KIA at this time.

Dates

  • 1942 November 14-1945 February 9

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

Jacob Cleenput was born on 8 September 1921 in Paramus, New Jersey, to Peter Sr. and Regina Cleenput. His father emigrated from Sluis, Netherlands and his mother from Sint-Margriete, Belgium in the late 1800s. Jacob was the second youngest child, preceded by Sophia, Emma, Peter Jr., Louise, and Edmond, and followed only by Frank. All of the children worked on their family's dairy farm before and after school. They each dropped out of high school and got jobs working alongside their parents. Jacob drove a tank for the 5th Armored Division. He was killed in Achen, Germany on 29 November 1944. His only living sibling, Louise, is 100 years old and lives in a nursing home.

Extent

.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains nine correspondence between the Cleenput brothers during the Second World War. Seven of the letters were written by Cpl. Jacob Cleenput, 5th Armored Division, USA, to his brother Peter Cleenput, Jr. and his family. One letter was written by Peter to Jacob and one letter was written by P02. Frank Cleenput, USS American Legion, USN, to Peter.

Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marylin Bergin and the Cleenput Family.

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.
Title
Finding Aid for the Cleenput brothers Second World War correspondence
Status
Under Revision
Author
Lee Feldman
Date
3/28/2018
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