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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Calvin C. Lungren Second World War correspondence
    source: Lungren , Mark
    Creator: Lungren, Calvin Coolige, Private, 1925-2019
    Identifier/Call Number: 2020.020.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1944 August 3 - October 3
    Abstract: This collection contains seven V-Mail from Pvt. Calvin C. Lungren, USA to his brother and parents during the Second World War. Also included is one Western Union Telegram informing his parents of his injuries in France.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 154
    Container: 7
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mark Lungren.


    This collection is arranged in chronological order.

    Biographical / Historical

    Private Calvin Coolige Lungren, United States Army (9/2/1925 - 9/21/2019) was born in Stet, Missouri to Oscar John and Lottie M. Lungren. Calvin was the second youngest of five brothers, including Maurice, Donald (1920-1930), Woodward, and Raymond. He attended Stet High School and worked with his father on their farm before he was registered for the draft on September 2, 1943. He joined the Army on October 26, 1943 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and attended basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida and further training at Camp Meade and Camp Myles Standish. He left the US on May 3, 1944 and reached England before arriving in France and joining Company F, 357th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division on June 23. He continued to serve in France until he was wounded on October 7, 1944 near Metz, France and recieved the Purple Heart.
    He wrote to his brother Ensign Maurice Carlson Lungren, United States Navy Reserve (10/9/1916 - 9/6/2005) who flew patrol planes in VP-11 based in Indonesia during the time of their correspondence.
    Their brother Woodward Nelson "Woodie" Lungren, United States Army (1/29/1922 - 4/17/2010) served from October 27, 1942 until he was injured on August 24, 1944 and is mentioned in Calvin's letters to Maurice.
    Calvin Lungren married Dorothy R. Schwartz in 1960 in Kansas City. He passed away at the age of 94 in September 2019.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Calvin C. Lungren Second World War correspondence (2020.020.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 seven V-Mail from Pvt. Calvin C. Lungren, USA to his brother and parents during the Second World War. His brother, Ens. Maurice C. Lungren, USNR received five and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar John Lungren received two V-Mail and one Western Union telegram informing them of Calvin's injury in action in France in October 1944.
    The correspondence has nothing much to say other than asking about people, such as other soldiers like his brother "Woodie" and Ralph Hall and Jim Bowman, and letting everyone know he is fine and he has it pretty easy. He does frequently mention expecting the war to end soon, with hope that it will. He told Maurice on September 15, 1944, "I worry most about when the shooting is going to quit over here." They sometimes have church services, though not often.
    Of note is the couple times he mentioned the Nazi occupation's effects on France, such as a street named Adolph Hitler Platz and a school he went into; "I was in a French school one day and in every room there was a picture of Hitler. Him with a little girl or boy."

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945) -- Casualties
    Battle casualties
    World War (1939-1945) -- France
    World War (1939-1945) -- Battlefields -- France
    Lungren , Mark