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Collection Harold J. Meldman
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1918
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1945-1946.
Year Range from 1945
Year Range to 1946
Event World War II
Description Papers and photographs relating to the military service of Harold J. Meldman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who served as a radio announcer and writer for the United States Army in occupied Japan after World War II. The collection consists mainly of letters from Meldman to his wife, Edith, and photographs of his time in Japan. The letters generally describe his daily routine and his interaction with citizens of Japan. He specifically mentions his opinion about how disastrous an invasion would have been (July 14, 1946), and the price of things, such as black market sugar (July 16, 1946). Meldman also talks in detail about his plans after the war. The letters often show Meldman's deep devotion and love for his wife and desire to return to her as soon as possible. Meldman often comments critically of the behavior of the other men and how they "play" around with women in Japan (August 11, 1946). There are also photocopies of news clippings that Meldman collected while in service regarding military news and news from back home in Milwaukee. The photographs in the collection consist of pictures of Meldman taken while in service. He is shown in uniform, and several are shown with Meldman in the radion studio with other radio announcers. Of particular interest are the photographs taken by Meldman of Hiroshima, Japan, shortly after the atomic bomb dropped. The photographs of Hiroshima show the devastation, and Meldman wrote on the back describing where the photographs were taken. Meldman, who was Jewish, joined the army in April, 1945 and separated his service in November, 1946. After leaving the military, Meldman returned to Milwaukee and continued his career as a furniture salesman. Meldman died in 1996 and is buried in Anshai Lebowitz Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.2 linear ft. (1 archives box)
Photographs : (1 folder)
Biographical Record Meldman, Harold J.
Subjects Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Jewish.
Soldiers -- Family relationships.
United States. Army.
United States. American Forces Radio and Television Service.
Black-and-white photographs.
Letters (correspondence).
Geographic:Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945.