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Stanley K. Hoppen Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 24, Folder: 8
Identifier: 2017-142-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains seven correspondence from T/Sgt. Stanley K. Hoppen, USA to his sister Connie during the Second World War. Also included are three photographs of Hoppen after the war.

The correspondence discusses his living conditions in northern France and Belgium, the work he did on the railway, weather, church services, and Connie's house hunting efforts (the address he sends his letters is their family's home address).

Topics of note include his mention of the upcoming presidential election in 1944, expecting "Eleanor wins again," as well as the death of President Roosevelt in 1945 saying, "Too bad, especially right now even tho I don't believe it will have any bad effect on the war's progress." Hoppen also discussed turning down a promotion to lieutenant in June 1945 because the pay would be less and it would require two more years of service. This made his colonel angry with him.

He also mentions work they did on the railway in Belgium in preparation for the return of the king, with some discussion on the population being split with some not wanting the king to return to power.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1908 March 18 - 1915 July 28

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

Technical Sergeant Stanley Kenneth Hoppen, United States Army (6/1/1907 - 11/25/1995) was born in Nyack, New York to Robert and Grace Hoppen and is of English descent. He attended Brown University for a year in 1924 and was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.

During the Second World War, T/Sgt. Hoppen served with Company A, 744th Railway Operations Battalion in northern France and throughout Belgium. Toward the end of the war, his unit was responsible for the maintenance and care of a large territory of railway lines that brought supplies throughout Belgium and northern France, while camping in box cars captured from the Germans.

After the war, Hoppen worked in a box factory in Nyack and supported his mother until her passing and helped his sister, Constance "Connie" Corbett neƩ Hoppen and her son Jimmy (donor's husband) and daughter Gail after Connie was widowed. He later moved to Albany to be closer to Connie and Gail and passed away in November 1995 at the age of 88.


.05 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence from Technical Sergeant Stanley K. Hoppen, United States Army during the Second World War. Included are three photographs and a postcard from 1908 to his father.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Corbett Family, via Susan Corbett.

Finding Aid for the Stanley K. Hoppen Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States