Physical Description: .3 Linear Feet(9 folders)
Language of Material: English.
Scope and Contents
This series contains correspondence from Sgt. Franklin Ohr, USA to his wife Zella Ohr during the Second World War. It includes
handritten and typed letters and V-mail. The earliest letter in the series, July 1944, is written to Zella Turner, asking
for a date. Most of the correspondence begins after their Oct. 28, 1944 marriage. The first letter, Nov. 26, 1944, is written
from Cincinnati, OH while traveling to Ft. Devens, MA. On Nov. 28 he writes his letters are censored and he is unable to tell
her anything about what he is doing or where he is.
Dec. 2, 1944 he writes of visiting his family in New Jersey. He writes of his love and missing her, inquires about family,
Christmas shopping. -- December 25, 1944 - "Today was Christmas - it wasn't so bad considering I spent it on a ship in the
middle of the Atlantic." December 31, 1944 - writing from England where he writes of his work sorting mail, of the cold weather,
visiting pubs, a sight-seeing trip to London - "number 10 Downing Street just looked like an old house that needed a good
coat of paint."
He writes of movies he's seen and songs on the radio. By March 8, 1945 he is in France. He writes of moving camp, of the "town
crier," of former schoolmates killed or wounded in action, letters received and sent, activities of friends and relatives,
movies he sees, playing cards and volleyball, the weather, describes the French house he is living in with other soldiers,
reminisces about how they met at a dance. April 28, 1945 - He writes about it being their 6 month wedding anniversary.
May 2, 1945 - he asks her what she thinks of the news of Hitler's death. May 6 he writes about the town's preparations for
celebrating the end of the war; tells her he's changed his mind about wearing a wedding ring and would like her to give him
one for his birthday on June 29. On May 7 he writes about the previous day's celebration of the end of the war in Europe.
May 11 - he writes he is finally allowed to write about where he is stationed; he is in Bar le Duc, France, "about 35 miles
south of Verdun."
June 4 - he sends a postcard from Paris. In his June 6 letter he describes his visit to Paris, of inflated prices and sightseeing.
June 14 "... we don't have much to do. I guess we will be pretty sick of this kind of life before we get out of here." June
18 - "...now that I know we are Pacific bound, I have a let down feeling because it looks like we will be stuck in this Army
a long time."
June 29 he writes about a visit to Camp Washington near Laon, France. In July letters they share thoughts about adoption.
Jly 19 - He writes about a visit from his brother Milt who was stationed at Metz.
August 19, 1945 is his last letter in the series and gives no indication of his homecoming.