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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Franklin Ohr Second World War correspondence
    Creator: Franklin Ohr
    Creator: Zella Ohr
    source: Tim Ohr
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.057.w.r
    Physical Description: .5 Linear feet (16 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1944 July 10 - 1945 August 20
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence and photographs from Sgt. Franklin Ohr, USA during his service in the Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 112
    Container: 1-7
    Container: 1-7
    Container: WWII 113
    Container: 1-9
    Container: 8-16

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Tim Ohr.


    This collection is arranged by material type, author and date.
    • Series 1, Correspondence from Franklin Ohr to Zella Ohr
    • Series 2, Correspondence from Zella Ohr to Franklin Ohr
    • Series 3, Ephemera
    • Series 4, Photographs
    • Series 5, Books

    Biographical / Historical

    From Tim Ohr on donor form: "Franklin grew up in Union, New Jersey, and was an Eagle Scout. He had three brothers. One, Milton F. Ohr, served in Europe as an anti-aircraft gunner. They saw each other in Europe, described in letter. Franklin moved to Florida after the war and became a builder. Zella met Franklin at a Fort Knox USO dance while living in Louisville. She was born in Glasgow, KY." Brothers - Norman T. Ohr and Milton F. Ohr Zella Turner Ohr - b. July 20, 1915 - d. June 20, 2005 Married Oct. 28, 1944. From the Louisville Courier-Journal, Oct 1, 1944: "Mrs. Annie Turner, 1514 Olive Street, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Zella Turner, to Sgt- Franklin C. Ohr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ohr, Union, N. J. The wedding will take place on October 28 in Douglass Boulevard Christian Church."

    Access Information

    Donor irrevocably transfers, conveys, and assigns to Chapman University all Intellectual Property Rights for the Donated Materials with the exception of books by Tim Ohr. For more information, consult original donation form.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Franklin C. Ohr Second World War correspondence (2017.057.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains correspondence and photographs from Sgt. Franklin Ohr, USA while serving with the 17th Army Postal Unit during the Second World War. Franklin Ohr wrote to his wife, Zella. There are also three letters from Zella to Franklin. The photographs, 1942 - 1945, include images of Ohr and places he was stationed or visited in the United States and Europe. The collection also includes two copies of the book "Under the Gun: They Will Be Legend" by Tim Ohr, Franklin and Zella's son.

    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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945) -- Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)
    World War (1939-1945) -- France
    Tim Ohr