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Collection Walter Marszalek
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1926
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1944-1945
Year Range from 1944
Year Range to 1945
Event World War II
Description Correspondence pertaining to the service of Walter Marszalek, a Cudahy, Wisconsin resident who served as an aviation machinist mate in the Navy during World War II. Correspondence is comprised of letters written between Marszalek and his wife, Rose Marie, while he was in boot camp and stationed at various bases in the United States. Walter's letters start while he was at the U.S. Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, and describe what boot camp was like. Walter descries daily activities including taking aptitude tests, inspections, and free time. Walter often writes about the uncertainty of how long he will be at a certain place and where he will go next. In one letter he writes now that the war is over, he doesn't know what they will do with him (August 14, 1945). In August 1945 he was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, and the rest of his letters describe life there. Activities he writes about include going to a United Service Organization show, touring the island on days off, and taking courses in business and psychology. The majority of letters from Rose Marie talk about their son David, friends and family, and her daily activities. In many letters, both Walter and Rose discuss the Navy point discharge system and the possibility of the required number of points being lowered. In one letter, Walter explains that forty-four points are needed for discharge. He explains how he has 33.5 points and hopes the required number is lowered soon (August 20, 1945). They also both write about their activities on VJ Day. Walter describes the celebration as drunken soldiers and "nothing short of a riot," (August 19, 1945). Rose describes her reaction when she hears the whistles start to blow in town after the Japanese surrendered (August 19, 1945). Also included in the collection is a small black and white photograph of a train and a brochure for Manhattan Limited of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.2 linear ft. (1 archives box) and
Photographs : (1 folder)
Subjects Sailors -- Wisconsin -- Cudahy.
Sailors -- Correspondence.
Sailors -- Family relationships.
Sailors -- Training of.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Area.
V-J Day, 1945.
United States. Navy.
Letters (correspondence).