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Bellantoni (Natale) papers
2019C21  
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Description
Writings, correspondence, printed matter, sketches, paintings, photographs, other audiovisual material, and memorabilia, relating to American military construction activities in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Background
Natale Bellantoni was born December 21, 1920. He was raised in Boston's South End and attended Boston English High School. From 1939-1942, he attended the Massachusetts School of Art, receiving formal artistic training, and meeting his fiancée, Irene Sztucinski. Bellantoni enlisted in the Navy in October of 1942 and was assigned to the 78th Construction Battalion as a Carpenter's Mate. The construction battalions, or "Seabees," worked their way across the Pacific Ocean, building the airfields and bases that supported the United States' efforts against Japan. As a member of the 78th battalion, Bellantoni served in New Caledonia, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and Okinawa.
Extent
5 manuscript boxes, 6 oversize boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize folder (9.0 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
Boxes 10-12 restricted; use copies available in Box 3. The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.