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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Gary Whiteley Korean War correspondence
    source: Whiteley, Gary
    Creator: Gendaszek, Robert J.
    Creator: Horner, John
    Identifier/Call Number: 2015.075.w.rd
    Identifier/Call Number: 1273
    Physical Description: 0.025 Linear Feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1953 January - August
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence written to Gary Whiteley from two soldiers serving overseas during the Korean War. The two authors were Sgt. Robert J. Gendaszek, USA and PFC John Horner, USA.
    Condition Description: The collection is in fair condition. A few pages are delicate and should be handled with care. Some minor tears in the letters. The newspaper clipping has a small tear and is housed in a plastic sleeve.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: Korea 1
    Container: 7
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gary Whiteley


    This collection is arranged in two series by author of correspondence to the recipient, Gary Whiteley.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Gary Whiteley Korean War correspondence (2015.075.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 is available online in Chapman University's Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.chapman.edu/gwhiteley_collection/
    This collection contains letters received by Gary Whiteley from Sergeant Robert J. Gendaszek, United States Army and Private First Class John Horner, United States Army during the Korean War. Gendaszek served with 2nd Squad, Fox company, 1st platoon, 5th Regimental Combat Team. Horner served with Headquarters Company, 2nd 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.

    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

    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    United States. -- Army.
    Whiteley, Gary