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Jean Smolen Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 102, Folder: 19
Identifier: 2017-082-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence to Jean Smolen from her brother and two other correspondents during the Second World War. Included are three postcards from Private Vito A. "Tony" Quaranta, United States Army, one V-mail from Corporal Ted C. Matlak, and one V-mail from Jean's brother Private Walter J. Smolen, United States Army(b. 1922?).

Pvt. Quaranta wrote from France and Denmark and calls Jean "dearest" and says I love you, signed "Tony". One postcard includes a cartoon of Spencer Tracy. Pvt. Quaranta served with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 341st Infantry at Camp Howard, Texas. He served with Hq. Co. 2nd Bn, 116th Inf. in France. He then served with Hq. Co. 29th Inf. Division in Denmark.

Cpl. Matlak sent a premade V-mail Christmas card from New Guinea. He served with Co. "D" 108th Medical Battalion.

Pvt. Smolen senta a premade V-mail Christmas card from England that says "Greetings from Britain." He served with the 77th Troop Carrier Squadron, 435 Troop Carrier Group.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1943 September 23 - 1944 July 3

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.

Extent

.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence to Miss Jean Smolen from her brother and two other writers during the Second World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by author, Pvt. Quaranta, Cpl. Matlak, Pvt. Smolen. and Pvt. Quaranta's postcards are in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William S. Bike.
Title
Finding Aid for the Jean Smolen Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
2/18/2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States