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Register of the Francis Mastrototoro Letters MSS 726
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publishing Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Francis Mastrototoro Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 726
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot 3 archives boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1945
    Abstract: Letters from Francis "Pete" Mastrototoro to his girlfriend, then wife, Eva Mikelonis over the course of Mastrototoro's military service in World War II from 1942 to 1945. The letters primarily deal with his day-to-day life on bases in California, Texas, and the Southwest Pacific, and Mikelonis's personal life in Massachusetts.
    Creator: Mastrototoro, Francis

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    Collection contains 420 handwritten letters by Francis Mastrototoro to Eva Mikelonis, his fiancée and later wife, during his service in World War II. Letters date from 1942 to 1945 and detail the daily life of a soldier during the war. From December 7, 1942 to March 30, 1943, the letters were posted from Camp McQuaide near Monterey, California. Letters dated between March 31 and October 31, 1943 were posted from Camp Hulen near Palacios, Texas, and letters dated between November 6 and December 8, 1943 were posted from Oakland, California. Mastrototoro often decorated accompanying with the acronym "S.W.A.K." ("sealed with a kiss") or other derivations of that theme, and less frequently included short rhyming poems inside the lip of the envelope. Mastrototoro was stationed on a base in the Southwest Pacific between January 1, 1944 and January 26, 1945, and the final thirteen months of letters originated from there.


    Francis "Pete" Mastrototoro was a Private First Class, then Corporal who was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. From December 7, 1942 to January 26, 1945, he was stationed on bases in California, Texas, and the Southwest Pacific, and never saw significant military action. He was married to Eva Mikelonis on August 21, 1943 in Worcester, Massachussetts on a brief leave from the Texas base. Mikelonis assumed the name Eva Mastrototoro on their wedding date. The envelopes containing the PFC's letters were postmarked to a new address in Worcester shortly after the wedding date, where Eva purchased a house for the couple to begin their married life together.

    Preferred Citation

    Francis Mastrototoro. Letters to Eva Mikelonis, MSS 726. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Publishing Rights

    Publishing rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mastrototoro, Francis
    Mikelonis, Eva
    Letters--20th century
    World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American