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Edward J. Lenhardt Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 105, Folder: 3, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2019-043-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains two letters from SSgt. Edward J. Lenhardt, USAAC to John Ladwein during the Second World War. Also included with one of the letters is a black and white photograph of SSgt. Lenhardt, and printouts from Ancestry.com have also been added to the collection.

The first letter dated December 30, 1942 mentions being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and how he enjoys his type of flying, in a troop carrier squadron. He asks about the people back home and tries to get in contact with some of them. In the second letter, he mentions being newly stationed in New Guinea in February 1943 and how hot the weather is compared to the snow of Chicago where Mr. Ladwein is located. He also mentions being a "Sergeant pilot" and that he assures that those still exist because he is one. This is in reference to a Stars and Stripes article saying they were all gone and had been replaced by a new rank, which he has now met some, which are flight officer commissions given to "lower classmen."

Dates

  • 1942 December 30 - 1943 February 14

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. Chapman University does not own the copyright of this material.

Biographical / Historical

Staff Sergeant Edward Joseph Lenhardt, United States Army Air Corps (1922-2010) lived Chicago, Illinois when he enlisted on August 10, 1940 while single with only a high school education. He served as a "Sergeant Pilot" with the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron during the war.

Extent

0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains two letters from SSgt. Edward J. Lenhardt, USAAC to John Ladwein during the Second World War. Also included with one of the letters is a black and white photograph of SSgt. Lenhardt.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Teresa Rogers, purchased at the estate sale of Edward J. Lenhardt.
Title
Finding Aid for the Edward J. Lenhardt Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
6/18/2019
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