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Collection George Wanserski
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 55
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1940-1945.
Year Range from 1940
Year Range to 1945
Event World War II
Description Papers and photographs of George J. Wanserski, a boatswain's mate in the Navy during World War II. The majority of the collection consists of letters Wanserski, a South Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, exchanged with his wife, Florence, during the war. The letters are long and fairly descriptive in chronicling both George's service with the Navy and the conditions Florence dealt with on the home front. George's letters describe his daily activities aboard a ship, the recreational activities of his fellow sailors, his Catholic faith, and his longing for his family. Florence's letters describe the growth and development of their children, the family's financial situation, and a slightly anti-German sentiment growing in the Milwaukee area. Also included are letters written by other family members to George. His military papers provide details about his service and include a continuous service certificate and summary of service in the Aleutian Islands. And undated watercolor painting, made by Wanerski, depicts the explosion of the Petersburg Mine during the Civil War. Several photographs show Wanerski and his family during the war.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers 1.8 linear ft. (5 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Photographs 0.1 linear ft. (3 folders)
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Subjects Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Racine.
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Racine -- Correspondence.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Alaska -- Aleutian Islands.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Religious aspects.
Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Soldiers -- Family relationships.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war.
Armed Forces -- Medical care.
Military campaigns.
Military operations, Naval -- American.
Religious aspects.
Soldiers -- Family relationships.
Gilmer (Destroyer)
Buckeye (Net tender)
United States. Navy -- Medical care.
Buckeye (Net tender)
Gilmer (Destroyer)
United States. Navy.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Petersburg Crater, Battle of (Virginia : 1864)
World War (1939-1945)
Personal narratives -- American.
Records and correspondence.
1861 - 1945
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Art and the war.
Alaska -- Aleutian Islands.
United States.
Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Wisconsin -- Racine.