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Biehler, Robert L. and Beulah M. (Second World War correspondence)
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Statement of Potentially Harmful Content
  • Preferred Citation
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Robert L. and Beulah M. Biehler Second World War correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: 2022.184.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (8 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1940 August 27 - 1942 April 14
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence to and from Cdt. Robert L. Biehler, USAAC and Beulah M. Peterson during the Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 166
    Container: 1-8
    Container: 1-8

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Susan Schenk.


    This collection is arranged by author and chronology.
    • Series 1, Correspondence from Robert to Beulah
    • Series 2, Correspondence from Beulah to Robert
    • Series 3, Correspondence from various authors to Robert
    • Series 4, Correspondence from various authors to Beulah

    Biographical / Historical

    Cadet Robert Lee "Bob" Biehler, United States Army Air Corps (11/10/1916 - 10/17/1991) was born in Omega, Oklahoma. Before enlisting in the Army, he worked as an electrician and lived with his aunt and uncle in Washington County, Oregon. After joining, he trained for the Air Corps at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas before being granted a medical discharge in early 1942 due to chronic headaches.
    Robert's brother, Private First Class Kenneth P. Biehler, United States Army also served overseas during the war. He served with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 158th Field Artillery, 45th Division first at Camp Barkeley, Texas and then at Camp Chorrera, Panama Canal Zone.
    Beulah M. "Pete" Peterson (11/19/1924 - 8/25/2015) was born in Oregon to Ole H. Peterson and Laura K. Peterson.

    Statement of Potentially Harmful Content

    This collection may contain materials that are difficult to view, are potentially harmful, or use outdated and culturally insensitive language. Chapman University preserves and makes these materials accessible to researchers to ensure long-term accuracy of these historical records. This repository aims to not promote or otherwise celebrate this content, but to use it for educational and research purposes.
    Please see the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) "Statement on Potentially Harmful Content" for more information: https://www.archives.gov/research/reparative-description/harmful-content

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Robert L. and Beulah M. Biehler Second World War correspondence (2022.184.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains 77 correspondence to and from Cdt. Robert L. "Bob" Biehler, USAAC and Beulah M. "Pete" Peterson before and during the Second World War. Included are 34 letters from Robert to Beulah and two from his brother PFC Kenneth P. Biehler, USA, as well as five letters from Beulah to Robert, one each to Robert from family, a coworker named Bill, and Adel Peters, and five Christmas cards.
    Also included in the correspondence are letters to Beulah from other authors, including one from Robert's sister Elizabeth, two from Henry B., ten from Charles "Buster" Amon, and fourteen from Kenneth "Kenny" Mandel.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945)
    Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
    Military training camps
    War -- Medical aspects
    United States -- Army -- Air Forces