Physical Description: 0.025 Linear Feet(1 folder)
Language of Material: English.
Biographical / Historical
One of the authors is Melvin Hausman, the brother of Irene Hausman Vasos, who served with Company C, 110 Medical Battalion
and participated in the Battle of the Bulge according to the donor. Also accoring to the donor, he was a medic driver and
saw "frightening things during the war," and came back with post-traumatic stress disorder with a nervous tick on his chin.
Scope and Contents
This series consists of letters to YN3 William Vasos and his wife, Irene Vasos, before and during the Second World War. The
authors include both friends and family members, some of whom were service members in either the United States Army or Navy.
The series contains 26 letters, including post-war correspondence from the military reserves and an unsigned fictional story.
One author, Melvin Hausman, has had a scanned photo included by the donor.
On July 23 1994, Melvin sends a letter to Irene congratulating her on her new babygirl and again, in September of the same
year, Melvin writes saying he won't be able to get Irene anything for her birthday because "towns are all off limits for troops
over here. Anyone caught in a town, well it is just too bad for them. Anyone entering a house of any kind will be shot on
sight. So who am I to stick my neck out?" In 1945, February, Melvin in a letter to one Ceal describes the towns as ghost towns
and deserted, saying "This is such a lousy country and they are really sticking to their word of tearing it up."
A letter from the Chaplain of USNR, Herman Soderberg to Irene is also included. Dated 23 Nov 1945, the Chaplain announces
that although William, Irene's husband has been discharged from the Navy, it is important that she helps him adjust in his
new life: "He must now re-establish himself as a vital part of his family, his church, and his community. This will require
sincere and honest understanding of his attitude and outlook during the time of separation."
In addition to this, there's a letter from James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy wishing William the best in transitioning
to civilian life, touting the achievements of the Navy- "You have served in the greatest Navy in the world. It crushed 2 enemy
fleets at once, receiving their surrender only four months apart. It brought our land-based airpower within bombing range
of the enemy, and set our ground armies on the beachheads of final victory."