Skip to main content

Anthony P. Krebes Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-135-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 681 letters, v-mail and postcards, some containing holiday cards, mostly between SSgt. Anthony P. Krebes, USA and his wife Juanita during the Second World War, as well as included in the collection are letters from other Krebes brothers to Juanita and correspondence from other authors to the Krebes.

The collection also contains some ephemera, war ration books, clippings and other materials including an army uniform patch.


  • 1942 August 6 - 1946 January 5

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.

Biographical / Historical

Kusman and Veronica Krebes emigrated from Europe with their oldest child and had six more children in the United States (depends on the form and time they filled it out) after the turn of the twentieth century and settled in Gary, Indiana. Of the seven children, there was only one girl, Veronica P. (5/11/1912 - 11/21/1997). NOTE: on different forms such as birth and death certificates, their country of origin showed either Czechoslovakia or Austria.

The boys of the family include, all of whom served overseas across every branch of the American military, and all came home safely, in order beginning with the oldest:

  • John Ferdinand (3/25/1907 - 7/18/1989) who was born in Austria
  • Michael W. (12/11/1913 - 4/5/1961)
  • Ignatius P. (7/22/1915 - 2/14/1982)
  • Anthony Paul (3/23/1919 - 7/19/1985)
  • Frank George (12/1/1920 - 7/11/1998)
  • William Steven (12/11/1923 - 2/4/1997)
A newly made Krebes sister, Anthony's wife Juanita, is the recipient of most of the correspondence in this collection. Alice Juanita Krebes neé Chaney (9/1/1923 - 1/11/1993) was a native of Gary, IN and married Anthony on June 30, 1941, just over two years before he was drafted into the Army. The bulk of the correspondence shows their young marriage, powerful love and even insecurities. Letters from the brothers to Juanita show how well she fit in the family and how much they liked her.

A note on nicknames: Anthony was referred to, by nearly everyone, as Tick and Juanita was called Butch, even by the Krebes brothers. The spelling is sometimes difficult to make out, this information comes from the donor.

More complete biographies for each of the brothers will be described within their individual series.


2 Linear feet (2 cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence between SSgt. Anthony P. Krebes, USA and his wife Juanita during the Second World War. Also included are correspondence from Anthony's brothers who served overseas, family and friends, as well as some documents and ephemera.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series 1, Correspondence from Anthony to Juanita
  • Series 2, Correspondence to Juanita's parents
  • Series 3, Correspondence from Juanita to Anthony
  • Series 4, Correspondence from John F. Krebes
  • Series 5, Correspondence from Michael W. Krebes
  • Series 6, Correspondence from Ignatius P. Krebes
  • Series 7, Correspondence from William S. Krebes
  • Series 8, Correspondence from various authors
  • Series 9, Holiday and other cards
  • Series 10, Documents
  • Series 11, Ephemera
  • Series 12, Patch and negative
  • Series 13, Clippings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthony and Juanita Krebes WWII Letters, via Dave Krebes.

Finding Aid for the Anthony P. Krebes Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States