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Becker (Maurice Edwin) Second World War Correspondence
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Content Description
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Maurice Edwin Becker Second World War correspondence
    creator: Becker, Maurice Edwin
    source: Pow, Sylvia
    Identifier/Call Number: 2014.161.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.075 Linear Feet (3 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1944-04-1946-02
    Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence of Private First Class Maurice Edwin Becker, United States Army to his mother and father during the Second World War.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries.
    Container: WWII 5

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Sylvia Pow.

    Biographical / Historical

    According to the supplementary biography, PFC Maurice Edwin Becker went to the Army Specialized Training Corps at Princeton University. He served in the European Theater in Company L, 413th Regiment, 104th Infantry Division and received the Sharp Shooter medal and a Purple Heart for being wounded near Aachen, Germany. He spent over a year undergoing operations and rehab and then returned to Cornell in February 1945 a day after his medical discharge.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title], Maurice Edwin Becker Second World War correspondence (2014.161.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Content Description

    This collection contains the correspondence of PFC Maurice Edwin Becker, USA to his mother and father during the Second World War. Included in PFC. Becker's correspondence are:
    22 letters
    11 V-mail
    1 postcard
    1 Western Union telegram
    There is also one letter written by a woman named Dorothy to Becker's mother and father, dated August 22, 1944. A few of the letters in the beginning of the collection are not dated. A telegram in the collection is addressed to Becker's father, Gordon E. Becker, informing him that his son was wounded in action on November 23, 1944. There are also hospital patient status cards that describe Becker's recovery. Also contained in the collection are two supplementary papers: a short excerpt from an article about Becker and a testimony by an unknown soldier who served in the same company as Becker. The day that Becker was wounded in action is on page 11 of the testimony.

    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.


    This collection is arranged by material type: Series 1: Correspondence--Series 2: Medical Documents--Series 3: Supplementary Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War II
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Battlefields -- France
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Hospitals
    World War, 1939-1945--Belgium
    World War, 1939-1945--France
    United States. Army.
    Becker, Maurice Edwin
    Pow, Sylvia