Lewis Cass papers  1774-1924
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 34 letters that United States military personnel wrote to army nurse Erna E. Maas during and just after World War II, as well as 3 letters that Maas received from Gus A. Ochsner, who commented on his work for the Bloomfield, New Jersey, Department of Health. Maas received 35 manuscript letters and V-mail, 1 typed letter, and 1 postcard with a picture of Geneva, Switzerland (postmarked February 1, 1946).

The soldiers, who were members of the United States Army, United States Army Air Forces, and United States Marine Corps, discussed aspects of their service in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific Theater between April 1943 and June 1946, often commenting on their travels and their appreciation for Maas and other nurses. The men in Europe served in England, France, Germany, and Austria. Some shared news of mutual acquaintances and Maas's younger brother. A man named Larry briefly described his visit to World War I cemeteries at Verdun and noted the differences between trenches and foxholes (February 5, 1945). Fred A. Kierstead, Jr. (10 items), and "Don" (10 items) wrote most frequently, and several other men wrote 1-3 letters each; see below for a complete list of correspondents.

List of Correspondents

  • Jack Bauer (1 item, April 19, 1943)
  • "Don" (14 items, September 30, 1945-June 20, 1946, and undated)
  • George Gabriel (1 item, February 1, 1946)
  • "G. G. G." (2 items, March 4, 1946-April 25, 1946)
  • Carl Goldschrafe (2 items, October 26, 1944-May 17, 1945)
  • Fred A. Kierstead, Jr. (10 items, July 22, 1944-August 29, 1945)
  • "Larry" (1 item, February 5, 1945)
  • "Nick" (1 item, undated)
  • Gus A. Ochsner (3 items, January 25, 1944-June 7, 1944)
  • "Pete" (2 items, June 10, 1945-June 23, 1945)
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