Manuscripts Divison William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Anthony J. Dziuszko Papers, 1941-1945
Finding aid created by Cheney J. Schopieray, 2005
Title: Anthony J. Dziuszko papers Creator: Dziuszko, Anthony J., 1917-2001 Inclusive dates: 1941-1945 Extent: 133 items (0.25 linear feet) Abstract:
The Anthony J. Dziuszko papers contain items pertaining to Mr. Dziuszko's World War II military career. The collection includes 45 letters to Dziuszko's future wife, Laura Szewick, 74 photographs, and 14 miscellaneous documents and other items from various islands in the South Pacific.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William 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
Donated, 2004. M-4342.
The collection is open to research.
Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.
The collection remained in the Dziuszko family and was generously donated to the Clements Library by Anthony Dziuszko's daughter, Barbara Romeo, and presented by his son, Tom Dziuszko.
Anthony J. Dziuszko Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Documents
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Miscellaneous
History: Anthony J. Dziuszko was born on February 3, 1917, to Adam and Mary Dziuszko, and died on November 21, 2001. He entered active military duty on March 5, 1941, and was assigned to Company G, 182nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the 182nd was re-assigned to Task Force 6814 and left the Brooklyn Port of Embarkation on January 23, 1942, to defend the French colony of New Caledonia against a possible attack by Japanese forces. In May 1942, Task Force 6814 was re-organized and constituted as the Americal Division.
Anthony Dziuszko's tour of duty included service in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, Viti Levu in the Fiji Islands, Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, and Leyte and Cebu Islands in the Philippines. He left the Philippines on June 14, 1945, and arrived in Seattle, Washington on July 4, 1945. On July 15, 1945, he was honorably discharged at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. On May 12, 1946, Anthony Dziuszko married Laura Szewick (1918-2003).
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Anthony J. Dziuszko papers consist of 133 items dated April 29, 1941, to May 19, 1945. Included in the collection are 45 letters, nine documents and receipts, 74 photographs and five miscellaneous items. The 45 letters provide vivid descriptions of military life, and of the natives and surroundings on the various islands where Mr. Dziuszko served (these descriptions were occasionally edited by the military censors). He detailed both the difficult physical challenges of jungle fighting and the recreational activities of his regiment.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Solomon Islands.
Container / Location
Scope note: 45 letters written during Dziuszko’s military service. Anthony Dziuszko wrote each letter to Laura Szewick except the earliest two, which he wrote to both Laura Szewick and her identical twin sister, Blanche. He sent eight letters from Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, five from Viti Levu, 24 from Bougainville, 3 from Leyte, and 5 from Cebu.
April 29, 1941-May 19, 1945.
Documents and Receipts [series]
Scope note: The nine miscellaneous documents and receipts include two documents listing members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment, one qualification record for Anthony Dziuszko, three tax receipts for Laura Szewick, and three other miscellaneous documents.
December 31, 1943-February 6, 1961
Scope note: 74 photographs taken at various locations in the South Pacific and in Danvers, Massachusetts. The bulk of the photographs were taken by Anthony Dziuszko, though the occasional photo was taken of him by someone else.
Photographs at New Caldonia, undated.
Photographs taken in the Fiji Islands, undated.
Photographs of a funeral at Guadalcanal [ December 31, 1942].
Photographs taken at Bougainville, undated.
Photographs of Anthony Dziuszko's return to Danvers, Massachusetts, undated.
Scope note: Five Miscellaneous items including one prayer card, one memorial card, two news clippings and one printed pamphlet titled All you want to know about New Caledonia by Sidney Reichenbach.