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

Summary Information
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
Acquisition Information:

Donated, 2004. M-4342.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Provenance:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Anthony J. Dziuszko Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Documents

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Miscellaneous


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Dziuszko, Bill.
    • Dziuszko, Frank.
    • Klipa, Helen.
    • Klipa, Nancy.
    • Szewick, Blanche.
    • United States--History--1933-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Solomon Islands.
    Contributors:
    • Szewick, Laura.
    Genre Terms:
    • Correspondence.
    • Documents.
    • Financial records.
    • Photographs.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence [series]

    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.

    Box   1 Folders   1-9
     April 29, 1941-May 19, 1945. (45 letters)
     
    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.

    Box   1 Folder   10
     December 31, 1943-February 6, 1961 (9 documents)
     
    Photographs [series]

    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.

    Box   1 Folder   11
    Photographs at New Caldonia,  undated. (7 photos)
    Box   1 Folder   12
    Photographs taken in the Fiji Islands,  undated. (3 photos)
    Box   1 Folders   13-14
    Photographs of a funeral at Guadalcanal [ December 31, 1942]. (35 photos)
    Box   1 Folder   15
    Photographs taken at Bougainville,  undated. (19 photos)
    Box   1 Folder   16
    Photographs of Anthony Dziuszko's return to Danvers, Massachusetts,  undated. (10 photos)
     
    Miscellaneous [series]

    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.

    Box   1 Folder   17
    Miscellaneous items. (5 items)