Collection of WWII Correspondence: Letters to and from Six Servicemen from Illinois
by Huber, Virginia
[Forrest, Illinois]: August 1942 - November 1946 (most 1944-1946) 156 letters and two envelope fragments. Near fine, with a few letters dampstained, usual soiling and offsetting to the envelopes, wear where opened, else very bright and clean. This collection of correspondence was carefully collected, arranged and preserved by Virginia Huber, a young secretary from Illinois. The letters sent from the soldiers are grouped according to the writer, arranged in reverse chronological order and held together with simple string bindings. The soldiers' letters are primarily written on blank leaves or military stationary, and are housed in the envelopes they were originaly mailed in. Virginia, apparently careful in the planning of her letters, preserved typed drafts of her letters and not the handwritten copies she sent to her enlisted correspondents. Nearly all of her letters are printed on thin carbon paper, although a few greeting card mock-ups are on cardstock. Virginia's letters to the men are also grouped by addressee, arranged in reverse chronological order, and housed in cardstock paper folders printed with each correspondents' name, hometown, and station location. Virginia Huber, who was active in her local church and community activities, wrote to several enlisted servicemen whom she knew from her hometown of Forrest, IL. Because they were united by geographical location rather than branch of service, the soldier letters included here represent a wide range of American military experiences during WWII. Virginia, whose beauty was noted by nearly all of her correspondents, was also a notably vivacious and spunky writer. Related People: Huber, Virginia - Secretary from Forrest, IL, and arranger of this collection Funk, Norman - Naval airman from Roanoke, IL, stationed in Jacksonville, FL Funk, Ray - Army serviceman from Gridley, IL, stationed in Camp Crowder, MO and Camp Polk, LA Hartman, Art - Army serviceman from Strawn, IL, stationed in Peoria, IL & Camp Lee, VA Johnson, Roy - Naval serviceman from IL Sauder, Howard - Army sergeant from Roanoke, IL, stationed in the Aleutian Islands Steffen, Albert - Naval serviceman from Elgin, IL, stationed in Okinawa, Japan I. Letters from Six Soldiers to Virginia 1. Howard Sauder (11 August 1942 - 30 December 1945) Twenty-eight hand written letters written to Virginia Huber. Howard was one of Virginia's longest-lasting correspondents. Stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Howard was often highly isolated and many of his letters to Virginia express the sense of disconnect that plagued him. Notably, because of the location of his station, he was privy to both American and Japanese radio broadcasts and remarked on the curiousness of thinking of the Allied troops as criminal. 2. Raymond Johnson (23 December 1943 - 22 February 1944) Two handwritten letters and one copied letter written to Virginia Huber. Although she kept no record of any correspondence to him, Virginia's friendship and Ray's association of her with his home, and indeed all that he had left behind, provided him a strong sense of comfort. As Ray wrote in his letter from February 22, 1944: "You never miss home till you a long long way from it." 3. Art Hartman (3 January 1944 - 20 November 1946) Twenty-two handwritten and typed letters written to Virginia Huber and one empty envelope addressed to Virginia. Art and Virginia's close friendship is evident in the familiarity of Art's letters; in addition to asking about her love life and telling her about his dates, Art includes several cutouts from military newspapers - often the joke sections. Notably, Art was stationed at the newly rebuilt Camp Lee, which is now better known as Fort Lee. 4. Albert Steffen (6 November 1944 - 29 July 1946) Fourteen handwritten letters addressed to Virginia Huber. Although he boasted of several excursions to the Japanese mainland, Albert primarily describes his adventures on Okinawa, which he calls "the rock," and the many servicemen he met who also hail from his hometown. In addition to his letters, Virginia preserved. Near Fine.
(Inventory #: WWII006)
19th & 20th Century American and English Literature, Modern First Editions, Signed and Presentation Copies
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