This collection contains letters received by Gary Whiteley from Sgt. Robert J. Gendaszek of the 2nd squad of Fox company,
first platoon, 5th Regimental Combat Team, and from Pfc. John Horner of Headquarters company, second battalion, 5th Regimental
Combat Team. Gary Whiteley was in the sixth grade in Fowler, CA when he sent a Christmas box through the Gift Lift program,
sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Gendaszek and Horner began corresponding with Gary after they received his
package. The correspondence consists mainly of Gendaszek and Horner asking Gary about his daily life. They offer brief descriptions
of their duties in the service. Sgt. Gendaszek was a squad leader and Pfc. Horner served as a switchboard operator. Also included
in the collection is a newspaper clipping describing the gift program and Gary's first correspondence with Sgt. Gendaszek.
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