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Robert L. and Beulah M. Biehler Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 166, Folder: 1-8, Folder: 1-8
Identifier: 2022-184-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 77 correspondence to and from Cdt. Robert L. "Bob" Biehler, USAAC and Beulah M. "Pete" Peterson before and during the Second World War. Included are 34 letters from Robert to Beulah and two from his brother PFC Kenneth P. Biehler, USA, as well as five letters from Beulah to Robert, one each to Robert from family, a coworker named Bill, and Adel Peters, and five Christmas cards.

Also included in the correspondence are letters to Beulah from other authors, including one from Robert's sister Elizabeth, two from Henry B., ten from Charles "Buster" Amon, and fourteen from Kenneth "Kenny" Mandel.


  • 1940 August 27 - 1942 April 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.

Biographical / Historical

Cadet Robert Lee "Bob" Biehler, United States Army Air Corps (11/10/1916 - 10/17/1991) was born in Omega, Oklahoma. Before enlisting in the Army, he worked as an electrician and lived with his aunt and uncle in Washington County, Oregon. After joining, he trained for the Air Corps at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas before being granted a medical discharge in early 1942 due to chronic headaches.

Robert's brother, Private First Class Kenneth P. Biehler, United States Army also served overseas during the war. He served with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 158th Field Artillery, 45th Division first at Camp Barkeley, Texas and then at Camp Chorrera, Panama Canal Zone.

Beulah M. "Pete" Peterson (11/19/1924 - 8/25/2015) was born in Oregon to Ole H. Peterson and Laura K. Peterson.


0.5 Linear Feet (8 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence to and from Cdt. Robert L. Biehler, USAAC and Beulah M. Peterson during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by author and chronology.

  • Series 1, Correspondence from Robert to Beulah
  • Series 2, Correspondence from Beulah to Robert
  • Series 3, Correspondence from various authors to Robert
  • Series 4, Correspondence from various authors to Beulah

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Susan Schenk.

Statement of Potentially Harmful Content

This collection may contain materials that are difficult to view, are potentially harmful, or use outdated and culturally insensitive language. Chapman University preserves and makes these materials accessible to researchers to ensure long-term accuracy of these historical records. This repository aims to not promote or otherwise celebrate this content, but to use it for educational and research purposes.

Please see the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) "Statement on Potentially Harmful Content" for more information:

Finding Aid for the Robert L. and Beulah M. Biehler Second World War corrrespondence
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Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States