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Anthony J. Stupar Second World War correspondence and photographs

 Collection — Box: WWII 102, Folder: 34, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-242-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains fourteen correspondence written by T/5 Anthony J. Stupar, USA to his wife Stella during the Second World War. Also included are six original photographs of T/5 Stupar with his mother, wife, and fellow serviceman. The correspondence includes three Western Union telegrams, five V-Mail, of which one was written by SSgt. Michael Breganti of the same unit and one is in full form and not miniaturized, as well as two postcards. Included in the collection is one order to appear to the Selective Service Local Board for Anthony Stupar for a blood test in April 1942.

The first telegram asks Stella not to check out of her hotel because he has leave until later that night, while training in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in October 1942. The two postcards are from training in Virginia at Camp Pickett that same year. The two remaining telegrams are for Stella to say Merry Christmas 1943 and Happy Birthday in February 1944.

By March 1944, T/5 Stupar is overseas in North Africa and has a dog. A V-Mail from a fellow serviceman in the same unit, SSgt. Mike Breganti, discusses a pet monkey but the writing is largely illegible. In December 1944 Stupar mentions his visit to Naples, Rome, and Pompeii and describes the ancient Roman paintings that remain after the destruction of Vesuvius in ancient times (though the volcano is not mentioned by name). In this V-Mail, he give the Germans "a little credit" for not destroying the ancient sites in Rome, considering the destruction he had seen elsewhere. Some of the places he visited were blacked out by the censor. He also discusses the poverty of the Italian people and finds another unit that brought his pet dog from Oran in Algeria. Included is one V-mail Christmas, and one Easter card for 1944 and 1945 respectively.

The photographs include one of Stupar in uniform, one with him in uniform with Stella, another with he, Stella and his mother Mary, two of him in uniform in North Africa including one with his dog, and a photograph of him and SSgt. Mike Fortunato of Greater Buffalo, New York from Oran, Algeria (French Algeria, North Africa).

Dates

  • 1942 April 5 - 1945 November 7

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

Technician Fifth Grade Anthony James Stupar, United States Army (12/31/1913 - 6/13/1993) was born and lived his entire life in Cleveland, Ohio, attending West Technical High School and later earned a degree in aircraft maintenance. His parents were John J. and Mary (Kirschner) Stupar, and he had an older brother John and a younger brother Emerick J. T/5 Stupar married Stella Kabat on June 28, 1941 and enlisted in the US Army a year later on June 1, 1942.

Extent

.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence written by T/5 Anthony J. Stupar, USA to his wife Stella during the Second World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type and chronologically. The photographs are in chronological order and the correspondence is in chronological order regardless of author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. and Stella Stupar, via James and Mary Stupar.
Title
Finding Aid for the Anthony J. Stupar Second World War correspondence and photographs
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
5/22/2019
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