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Wickman Family Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 148, Folder: 2, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-602-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains six correspondence to Henry M. Wickman of Springfield, Massachusetts from Sergeant Edward E. Sickman, United States Army Air Force, 54th Service Squadron and Corporal Vick Courtmanche, United States Army, Company A 52nd Medical Battalion (later 376 Med. Coll. Company) as well as one correspondence to Chaplain lrving G. Wickman from Major A.M. Grayson, United States Army, 18th Replacement Battalion during the Second World War. Also included are two correspondence that are neither to or from the Wickman family, but were donated with the rest of the collection. The collection also contains one postcard from Chaplain Wickman to his dad pertaining to two included election war ballots. This collection is made up of V-Mail, both micro and full sized and was purchased at a flea market by the donor. The letters are as follows:

March 31, 1943: To Margaret Hart from Phillip Robbins, United States Marine Corps. The letter is directed toward Margaret and the censor, jokingly, and mentions his six month anniversary in his unit.

January 10, 1944: To Henry from Sgt. Sickman. The two seem to be work friends and discussed are stamp collecting and a note about married men beginning to be drafted.

April 21, 1944: To Henry from Cpl. Courtmanche is somewhere on the [Anzio Beachhead and says he was a captured by the Germans along with nine others but they were treated with respect because they were medical soldiers and released five hours later.

July 6, 1944: To Irene and Paul Bousquet of Brooklyn, NY from Private Lenny McCarthy, United States Army, Battery E 16th C.A. He mentions the Dodgers baseball team losing and hoping they rebound after the war when they can get their players back.

August 28, 1944: To Henry from Cpl. Courtmanche. Left Italy, and the people in France are "neater and cleaner than the Italians will ever be."

August 29, 1944: Follow-up for the previous letter. In response to a question from Henry, Cpl. Courtmanche mentions walking up a hill with three "buddies" and seeing a German mortar come in and wound two of them.

September 21, 1944: To Henry from Cpl. Courtmanche. He landed on D-Day with the invasion and is now enjoying France. He hopes the Japanese surrender because it is hard enough fighting "civilized" people in Europe.

September 24, 1944: To Henry from Cpl. Courtmanche. Pledge to the Democratic party and President Roosevelt in anticipation of the coming election, intended to be humorous but not ironic.

September 24, 1944: To Chaplain Wickman from Maj. Grayson. From Italy Maj. Grayson gives a short service history after spending fourteen months in Africa. He also mentions being president of the Mediterranean Base Masonic Club, which enjoyed an expansion of members including President Roosevelt and General Clark as an honorary member. He was also a reader of C.S. services (Christian Science).


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1943 March 31 - 1944 September 24

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.


.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence to members of the Wickman family of Springfield, Massachusetts during the Second World War, as well as various other correspondence.


This collection is arranged chronologically regardless of author or recipient.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter V. Caminati, purchaser.

Wickman family 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