Finding Aid for the Edward J. Lenhardt Second World War correspondence 2019.043.w.r
Center for American War Letters Archives
Orange, CA 92866
Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Edward J. Lenhardt Second World War correspondence
source: Rogers, Teresa
Creator: Lenhardt, Edward Joseph, Staff Sergeant, 1922-2010
Identifier/Call Number: 2019.043.w.r
Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1942 December 30 - 1943 February 14
Abstract: This collection contains two letters from SSgt. Edward J. Lenhardt, USAAC to John Ladwein during the Second World War. Also included with one of the letters is a black and white photograph of SSgt. Lenhardt.
Language of Material: English .
Container: WWII 149
This collection is open for research.
Gift of Teresa Rogers, purchased at the estate sale of Edward J. Lenhardt.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Staff Sergeant Edward Joseph Lenhardt, United States Army Air Corps (1922-2010) lived Chicago, Illinois when he enlisted on August 10, 1940 while single with only a high school education. He served as a "Sergeant Pilot" with the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron during the war.
[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Edward J. Lenhardt Second World War correspondence (2019.043.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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This collection contains two letters from SSgt. Edward J. Lenhardt, USAAC to John Ladwein during the Second World War. Also included with one of the letters is a black and white photograph of SSgt. Lenhardt, and printouts from Ancestry.com have also been added to the collection.
The first letter dated December 30, 1942 mentions being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and how he enjoys his type of flying, in a troop carrier squadron. He asks about the people back home and tries to get in contact with some of them. In the second letter, he mentions being newly stationed in New Guinea in February 1943 and how hot the weather is compared to the snow of Chicago where Mr. Ladwein is located. He also mentions being a "Sergeant pilot" and that he assures that those still exist because he is one. This is in reference to a Stars and Stripes article saying they were all gone and had been replaced by a new rank, which he has now met some, which are flight officer commissions given to "lower classmen."
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
World War (1939-1945)
United States -- Army -- Air Forces
World War (1939-1945) -- Christmas
World War (1939-1945) -- Pacific Area