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Collection Victor M. Larson
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1878
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and still images, 1917-1919.
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1918
Event World War I
Description Small collection of postcards and letters from Victor M. Larson, a resident of Hollandale, Wisconsin, who served in the Navy as a storekeeper 3rd class during World War I. There are eight postcards and souvenir cards, half of which are blank. They are all patriotic in nature, or depict places that Larson was stationed while enlisted in the Navy. Several of the postcards are accordion style panoramic images of the Great Lakes (Illinois), Naval Training Station and the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, both in black and white. There are also three multipage letters written by Larson to his mother, and one partial letter. The letters describe his time in the service and the places he was stationed, what jobs he is learning in the Navy, how he wants to see action, how he would like to receive more letters and hear more news of friends from home, and how he promises to write more. Larson enlisted in September 1917 as an apprentice seaman, eventually being promoted to storekeeper 3rd class. Larson was stationed at the Receiving Ship Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Naval Air Station in Killingholme, England. Larson was discharged in June 1919 and following the war returned to Milwaukee and worked as a sales manager for a refrigerator company.
Extent and Medium of Description 0.1 linear feet (1 folder and 1 oversized flat folder)
Subjects Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Hollandale.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans.
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (Philadelphia, Pa.)
United States. Navy.
Photographic postcards.
Letters (correspondence).
Great Lakes Naval Training Center (Great Lakes, Ill.)
United States Naval Air Station, Killingholme (England)