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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Robert W. Rill Second World War correspondence
    Creator: Rill, Robert W., Sr., First Lieutenant, 1921-2013
    source: Hafner, Susan Newcomer
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.215.w.r
    Physical Description: .08 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1944 December 25 - 1945 August 2
    Abstract: This collection contains two V-Mails sent from Lt. Robert W. Rill, USA to his friends and family during the Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 21
    Container: 3
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Susan N. Hafner.


    This collection is arranged chronologically.

    Biographical / Historical

    First Lieutenant Robert W. Rill, United States Army (6/25/1921 - 10/1/2013) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to his parents John and Minnie. Lt. Rill served the Army in the 258th Combat Engineering Battalion in Europe during the Second World War. He married his wife Beatrice Louise Schmidt in 1943 and they continued to live in Lancaster, PA after the war until her death in 2009 and his in 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Robert W. Rill Second World War correspondence (2017.215.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 two V-mail correspondence written by Lt. Robert W. Rill, USA to family and friends during the Second World War. One letter was written on Christmas Day 1944 to his younger sisters Betty and Nancy Rill. The other letter is to Helen and Robert "Bob" Newcomer from Belgium in August 1945, discussing the monotonous routine of the post-war.

    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

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945) -- Christmas
    World War (1939-1945) -- Europe
    World War (1939-1945) -- Belgium
    Hafner, Susan Newcomer