This collection contains nine correspondence between the Cleenput brothers during the Second World War. Seven of the letters
were written by Cpl. Jacob Cleenput, USA to his brother Peter Cleenput, Jr. and his family. One letter was written by Peter
to Jacob and one letter was written by P02. Frank Cleenput, USS American Legion, USN to Peter.
Corporal Jacob Cleenput, United States Army (9/8/1921 - 11/29/1944) was born in Paramus, New Jersey to Peter, Sr. and Regina
Cleenput. His father emigrated from Sluis, Netherlands and his mother from Sint-Margriete, Belgium in the late 1800s. Jacob
was the second youngest child, preceded by Sophia, Emma, Peter, Jr., Louise, and Edmond, and followed only by Frank. All of
the children worked on their family's dairy farm before and after school. They each dropped out of high school and got jobs
working alongside their parents. Jacob drove a tank for the 5th Armored Division. He was killed in Achen, Germany on 29 November
1944. His only living sibling, Louise, is 100 years old and lives in a nursing home.
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