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Martha and Allen Deihl Second World War correspondnece

 Collection — Box: WWII 102, Folder: 21
Identifier: 2017-164-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence from Pvt. Sheldon R. Kressler, USA and Cpl. Gene M. Leiby, USA to Martha and Allen Deihl during the Second World War. Pvt Kressler wrote from the Bankhead Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama while watching a concert. He and five friends from a fort in Alabama (possibly Fort Mclellan) took a train an hour and a half to see Birmingham after two weeks of maneuvers in Talladega National Forest. He discusses being home sick and soon moving out, though unsure where his unit will be sent. At the end of his letter he says "No I haven't got my teeth yet."

Cpl. Leiby wrote to the Deihls from the Southwest Pacific, mostly about correspondence with others that they know, and that Pvt. Kressler has not yet written back to him. He also discusses the hot weather, even for winter south of the equator and the natives.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1944 May 29 - 1944 August 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.

Biographical / Historical

Private Sheldon R. Kressler, United States Army and Corporal Gene M. Leiby, United States Army were born and raised in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Pvt. Kressler trained in Alabama with Company B, 28th Battalion, 5th Regiment and was the brother of Martha Deihl, who at the time of this correspondence lived with her husband Allen in Danville, PA. Cpl. Leiby served in the Southwest Pacific with 25th Quartermaster War Dog Platoon.

Extent

.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence from Pvt. Sheldon R. Kressler, USA and Cpl. Gene M. Leiby, USA to Martha and Allen Deihl during the Second World War.

Arrangement

The two letters in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy L. Minnick.
Title
Finding Aid for the Martha and Allen Deihl Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
2/25/2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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