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Collection Thomas J. Schnetz
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 917
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1918-1977.
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1977
Event World War II
Description Papers and photographs of Thomas J. Schnetz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who served with the United States Army Air Force. Schnetz, son of Percy Schnetz a World War I veteran of the 32nd Division, served oversees in Italy until he was wounded at Folonica during a German air raid. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs. There are group and individual informals of American soldiers working and touring Europe. Captioned as "Me sweating them out" is a photograph of Schnetz flexing his left arm. Of note is an informal (1943) of soldiers assembled in front of Barrack C-8 at the Keesler Air Field (Mississippi). There are also informals of German soldiers in the Luftwaffe. Included are photographs of military airplanes, cargo ships, and jeeps. There are photographs of the 1944 eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. One noteworthy photograph is of a bomber airplane with its wheels buried in volcanic ash. Included within Schnetz's collection are photographs of Marie and Stella Pluta, and Cecelia Schanz. Stella Pluta arrived from Poland in 1893 and worked as a cleaning lady in a hotel. She married John Pluta and one of her sons, George R. Pluta, married Marie A. Eisbrenner. Cecelia Schanz's maiden name was Eisbrenner. These photographs depict the women posing as members of the Milwaukee Polish Legion of American Veterans Woodrow Wilson Post Chapter 11 Ladies Auxiliary; one of which is dated November 1969. The collection also consists of photocopied newspaper clippings pertaining to Schnetz and Thomas J. Canty (a Navy doctor from Milwaukee), a photocopied obituary card of Schnetz, and a brittle decorative hand-lettered record (1918) of the 32nd Division.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders)
Photographs : 0.2 linear ft. (1 archives box)
Subjects Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Fighter planes.
Polish Americans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Women -- Societies and clubs.
Airplanes, Military -- Maintenance and repair.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Transportation.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 32nd.
Germany. Luftwaffe.
Polish Legion of American Veterans.
Keesler Air Force Base (Miss.)
Italy -- Description and travel.
Vesuvius (Italy) -- Eruption, 1944.