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Jerry T. Zichelli Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 165, Folder: 12, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2022-195-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one letter from Pvt. Jerry T. Zichelli, USA to his brother Cpl. Frank J. Zichelli, USAAF during the Second World War.

The letter was written by Jerry in Italy to Frank who was at the 50th Airdrome Squadron in Harrington, Kansas. In the letter, Jerry laments being in Italy, saying he does not like it all, saying, "...you should be satisfied with all you get, and pray that you don't go overseas."

He continues to describe how beautiful Italy "must have been" before the war, "but it is a hell of a mess now...all their homes are wrecked, and being wrecked every night."

"From some of the buildings that are still standing, and some that were just touched I'd say this was a darn nice place, and I really feel sorry for these people. I hope the hell it's over soon."

Jerry goes on to inform Frank that he applied for a transfer with some friends to join the Rangers and that had been approved. He was killed in action about 20 days later on November 13, 1943 in Salerno, Italy.

Dates

  • 1943 October 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.

Biographical / Historical

Private Jerry Thomas Zichelli, United States Army (11/24/1924 - 11/13/1943) was born in Newark, New Jersey to Italian immigrants Guiseppe (Joseph) and Marie Aida (Ida) Zichelli. He had an older brother and sister, Frank and Maria, and younger siblings Josephine, Anthony, Nicolina, and Rose; all born in New Jersey. His parents went by anglicized names Joseph and Ida in the federal census' and other forms, and his father worked as a Janitor, declaring in the 1930 census that he was a veteran of the First World War.

Jerry worked at a rug cleaning factory in East Orange when he filled out his draft card. He was in Italy when he wrote this letter and served with th 29th Replacement Battalion, 5th Army but had been approved to join the Rangers. He was killed three weeks later in Salerno.

Corporal Frank J. Zichelli, United States Army Air Force (2/26/1922 - 1/28/1982) enlisted on October 3, 1942 and served with 50th Airdrome Squadron in Harrington, Kansas when he received this letter from Jerry in 1943.

Note: the draft card for Jerry Zichelli shows his birthday as November 25, whereas his mother's application for his gravestone shows his birthday as November 24. Both documents are available on Ancestry.com.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains one letter from Pvt. Jerry T. Zichelli, USA to his brother Cpl. Frank J. Zichelli, USAAF during the Second World War. The letter was written from Italy in 1943.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ione Zichelli.

Condition Description

The front and back of the envelope are separated.

Title
Finding Aid for the Jerry T. Zichelli Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
6/30/2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States