Finding Aid for the Christian J. Taranta Iraq War correspondence 2014.158.w.r

Lauren Menges
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Christian J. Taranta Iraq War correspondence
Creator: Taranta, Christian J.
source: Overmyer, Catherine
Identifier/Call Number: 2014.158.w.r
Identifier/Call Number: 944
Physical Description: 0.025 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Date: 2006 January 26
Abstract: This collection contains one letter written by TSgt. Christian J. Taranta, USAF to his sister-in-law's fourth grade class during the Iraq War.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Afghan/Iraq 1
Container: 3
Container: 1
Container: 2014-158-w-r_Taranta, Christian

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Catherine Overmyer.

Preferred Citation

[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Christian J. Taranta Iraq War correspondence (2014.158.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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Content Description

This collection contains one correspondence written by Technical Sergeant Christian J. Taranta, United States Air Force during the Iraq War. Taranta served in the 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Taranta wrote to teacher Catherine Overmyer's class of 4th grade students at Waynedale Elementary School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Overmyer is Taranta's sister-in-law and her students wrote letters to Taranta. Overmyer is Taranta's sister-in-law.
Taranta was stationed at Kirkuk Air Base about 150 miles north of Bagdhad. He explains to the students that he is not a pilot, but part of the security forces which protect the base from attacks. He mentions he has a wife named Becky and an 18 month-old daughter named Claire. They live in Germany when he is not on tour. He answers the questions that the students asked him in their letters to him. One question was whether or not he has any friends. He answers "no," stating that his only friend is his wife Becky. He tells the students his favorite book is "All Quiet on the Western Front." He closes his letter "PSS: Free Kurdistan."
Written on the pages of a military notebook.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Iraq War, 2003-2011
Iraq War -- (2003-2011) -- Correspondence
Overmyer, Catherine