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Louis E. Castagna Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 5, Folder: 14
Identifier: 2018-156-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains three correspondence from PFC Louis E. Castagna, USA to his family during the Second World War. Also included are one photograph of PFC Castagna, six copies of photographs of him and his unit overseas, his headstone, obituary, and a photograph of him in uniform, as well as all of this material on CD-ROM. One of the photographs was used as a cover to the CD-ROM case.

PFC Castagna's correspondence mentions his frequent movement, going on a date with an Italian girl while in Paris, Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and crossing the Rhine River into Germany. German towns mentioned include Nancy, Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt.

The photocopies are of PFC Castagna's survey platoon and some of the drivers. The photograph of him chopping wood was taken while he was 16 or 17 years old (according to donor).


  • 1944 August 14 - 1945 April 11

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

Private First Class Louis E. Castagna, United States Army (11/17/1925 - 4/17/1945) was born in Westerly, Rhode Island to Italian immigrant parents. He joined enlisted in the Army on January 17, 1944 and trained in multiple locations, including Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the 656 Engineer Topographic Battalion in the 4th Army. He then served in France with a Survey Platoon and served in France and Germany, moving to the 7th Army, until he was killed in action on April 17, 1945 when the jeep he was in went over a land mine in Ippesheim, Germany, possibly on a mine sweeping detail (according to donor).

From the donor; "He attended local schools and worked in a factory prior to being drafted. According to my late mother's recollections he was very hard working - helped his parents around the home - also turned over his pay to help his family. His parents were Italian immigrants - his death nearly destroyed them."


0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)


This collection contains correspondence from PFC Louis E. Castagna, USA to his family during the Second World War. Also included are photographs and a disk containing all of this material.


This collection is arranged by material type and chronology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Castagna and DeBernardo Family.
Finding Aid for the Louis E. Castagna Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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