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Guide to the Charles A. Leet Letters MSS.2020

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Author:

Finding aid prepared by April Burnett

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2009-11-02T15:00-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Charles A. Leet Letters

Unit ID:

MSS.2020

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 linear foot 6 Letters, 6 envelopes

Dates:

1945

Abstract:

This collection consists of six letters from Charles A. Leet, stationed in Luxemburg and Germany during World War II, to his friend, E. P. (Ted) March, Grayville, Illinois. The dates of these letters are from January 1945 to July 1945. He talks about the areas/cities he is in and his different jobs with the U.S. Army.

creator

Leet, Charles A.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of six letters from Charles A. Leet, Luxembourg and Germany, to his friend, E. P. (“Ted”) March, Grayville, Illinois. The letters span from January 1945 to July 1945, during World War II. In his first letter, he tells his friend, Ted, that he is no longer on the front lines; he is now a battery officer. He enjoys being in Czechoslovakia and states that it is a beautiful country. He, as well as most of the officers, has “picked up enough German to get by.” Charles is later moved to the position of Battalion Post Exchange Officer; he describes his job and states that they ration the more desirable products. He states several times that he is ready to come back to the States, but there’s “quite a number ahead of me.” He also mentions that he feels sorry for these people and wishes more people could be like Americans because “our form of living is so far better than any other in the world.” He writes that he was in Normandy, but he did not join his division in time to get the Normandy Battle Star. In his last letter, he writes that he became the commander of a PW Camp with several thousand Germans.

Biographical/Historical note

Charles A. Leet was a lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Luxemburg and Germany, according to these letters. He had several different duties during the war. He mentioned he was on the front lines and was glad to be moved to the position of Battalion Post Exchange Officer. He states, “Getting this job is like a reprieve ten minutes before the execution!”

Preferred Citation:

The Charles A. Leet Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2007

Processing Information:

Processed by

April Burnett, 2008

Charles A. Leet Letters Box SC0005 Folder 2020.1