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Levy (Lester B.) Second World War Correspondence
2017.114.w.r  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Lester B. Levy Second World War correspondence
    creator: Levy, Lester B. , 1916-1942
    source: Kostbar, Julie, 1917-1995
    source: Kostbar, Jeffrey
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.114.w.r
    Physical Description: .2 Linear feet (5 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-11-11-1942
    Abstract: This collection contains 32 letters and postcards written by Private Lester B. Levy of the US Army Air Corps (later named the US Army Air Forces) to his fiance, Julie Kostbar, during the Second World War. One letter was written by Kostbar to Levy. Also included in the collection are four photographs, one newspaper clipping, one personal account, and three pages of biographical information. Levy died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines in July of 1942.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives
    Container: WWII 3
    Container: 36-40

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jeffrey Kostbar.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence from Lester B. Levy -- Series 2: Correspondence to Lester B. Levy -- Series 3: Graphic Materials -- Series 4: Biographical Information.

    Biographical / Historical

    Staff Sgt. Lester B. Levy was born in Ohio on September 9, 1916 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October of 1940. Levy trained at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois and arrived at Clark Field in the Philippines in mid-1941, where he served with the 28th Materiel Squadron.
    Information provided by the donor indicates that Levy was captured after the fall of Bataan and died in a prisoner of war camp on July 3, 1942. According to government records, Levy was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on July 13, 1949.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Lester B. Levy Second World War correspondence (2017.114.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains 32 letters and postcards written by Private Lester B. Levy of the US Army Air Corps (later named the US Army Air Forces) to his fiance, Julie Kostbar, during the Second World War. Levy was assigned to the 28th Materiel Squadron. Although his letters show that he was a Private, later records indicate he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
    The collection also includes one letter that Kostbar wrote to Levy. In addition, there are four photographs, one newspaper clipping, a drawing of Levy, and several pages of biographical information about the donor and the recipient.
    The letters from Levy begin while he is in training at Chanute Field in Illinois and continue through his overseas assignment at Clark Field in the Philippines. In the letters, Levy writes about activities at Chanute Field. In one letter, dated February 26, 1941, Levy writes about how he was court-martialed and placed under "post restriction" after the barracks chief reported him as AWOL.
    Levy also describes sailing overseas on the USS Pierce. In a June 7, 1941 letter, Levy writes that it is the maiden voyage of the USS Pierce as an army transport. In a possible reference to the "Flying Tigers", the letter also describes how the ship was carrying "30 other fellows who are going to China as flyers to fight against Japan."
    Levy also writes about being stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines and his letters also describe the buildup in military personnel at the base. An October 3, 1941 letter refers to German Jewish refugees in Manila.
    Kostbar's letter to Levy discusses the attack on Pearl Harbor. Kostbar also writes about a cablegram that Levy had sent to his father reporting that he was safe after the attacks by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and other bases. The letter never reached Levy and the envelope is marked "Return to Sender. Service Suspended."
    There is also a newspaper clipping reporting the death of Levy. Additional information provided by the donor, Kostbar's nephew, says Levy was captured after the fall of Bataan and died on July 3, 1942 at a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Philippines.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons
    Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
    Bataan, Battle of, Philippines, 1942
    Clark Field -- Philippines
    Kostbar, Julie, 1917-1995
    Kostbar, Jeffrey