|Collection||Eugene P. Alexander|
|WVM ID Number||WVM Mss 414|
|Year Range from||1940|
|Year Range to||1944|
|Event||World War II|
|Description||Letters, diary, and ephemera of Alexander, a Baraboo, Wis. native who served with Battery D of the 136th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion during World War II. Included is a letter addressed to his mother telling her that he is leaving for the Army and will be visiting soon to say goodbye; a letter from Belgium which discusses visiting cathedrals, attending church services, and the conditions in Belgium; and a letter addressed to his former co-workers at the Fisher School (Wauwatosa, Wis.). There is a small diary which details crossing the Atlantic Ocean, first impressions of Liverpool (England), training, attending church, seeing Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. The account vivid account of the Bulge includes his impressions of the fighting, information about the weather, being near a buzz bomb attack, seeing long lines of ambulances carrying the wounded, lack of food, and his feelings about celebrating Christmas under the conditions of battle. There are also passes, identification cards, play tickets, materials for leave in Paris, and a poem entitled "The hills of Baraboo. A piece of German propaganda, dropped during a buzz bomb attack, tells American soldiers of the advances Germany has made since the war began. Also found is a safe conduct pass guaranteeing any German soldier humane treatment if he surrenders. The photographs show Alexander and others in their "work" uniforms and a group shot of uniformed soldiers and members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in front of the Grand Avenue Temple in Kansas City (Missouri)."|
|Extent and Medium of Description||
Papers : 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders)
Photographs : (1 folder)
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Baraboo -- Correspondence.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Baraboo.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Paris.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.
Soldiers' writings, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Belgium.
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Baraboo -- Miscellanea.
United States. Army. Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 136th.
United States. Army -- Military life.
Baraboo (Wis.) -- Poetry.