Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George Kressbach Letters, 1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: George Kressbach letters
Creator: Kressbach, Harriet B. Nieman
Inclusive dates: 1945
Extent: 16 items
Abstract:
Ensign George W. Kressbach wrote 16 letters to his family in Monroe, Michigan, while serving on the USS LCI(R)-770 in the Pacific during the spring and summer of 1945. He commented on military life, discussed his relationship with his girlfriend, responded to news from home, and briefly described his experiences while on leave.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3489.9.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

George Kressbach letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

George W. Kressbach was born in Monroe, Michigan, around 1921, the son of George J. Kressbach and Harriet B. Nieman. He had at least one sister, Helen. Kressbach served as an ensign with the United States Navy during World War II, and was stationed onboard the USS LCI(R)-770 in the Pacific between May and September 1945. He later lived in Waterford, Michigan. George W. Kressbach died on December 5, 1992.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Ensign George W. Kressbach wrote 16 letters to his family in Monroe, Michigan, while serving on the USS LCI(R)-770 in the Pacific during the spring and summer of 1945. He commented on military life, discussed his relationship with his girlfriend, responded to news from home, and briefly described his experiences while on leave.

Kressbach addressed most of his letters to his mother, Harriet ("Hattie") Nieman Kressbach, though he intended his letters to be read by the entire family. He listed the names of the locations he visited, including Eniwetok Atoll, Guam, the Philippines, and Okinawa. He provided his family with a description of Manila, including the Walled City (or Intramuros district) and the effects of recent bombing raids (July 30, 1945). Kressbach also wrote about his lodgings and meals onboard the ship, and books he had read. While stationed near Samar, Philippines, in early September, he commented briefly on the island boats and on trade between American sailors and Filipinos. In one letter to his father, he privately discussed his financial concerns. Many of Kressbach's letters contain his responses to his mother's questions, and he occasionally mentioned his girlfriend, Dorothy.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Families of military personnel--United States.
    • Manila (Philippines)
    • Sailors--United States.
    • Samar (Philippines)
    • United States. Navy--Military life.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Area.
    Contributors:
    • Kressbach, George W., 1921-1992.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   12, World War II Small Collections  
    George Kressbach letters [series]:
    Folders   11-14  
      May 11, 1945-September 9, 1945, and  undated