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Mitchell Weisberg Letters

Identifier: MS-229

Scope and Contents

The Mitchell Weisberg Letters include over 50 letters from Mitchell to his wife Gertrude and son Ronnie during his Army training and service in World War II. The letters document his time at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas in 1943 and his service in the European theater of World War II. The collection is organized by location. Weisberg spent a year in Tyler, Texas training at Camp Fannin and was later sent to Camp George Meade in Maryland to prepare for his time abroad. Each of these letters describe details about Weisberg’s daily routine at training camp. Once on the ground in Europe in 1944, he loosely titles each letter as "somewhere in France" or "somewhere in England." In England and France after the Allied invasion, Weisberg documents life at the various military bases he is stationed; the comings and goings of soldiers returning from war to the types of rations and supplies they were given on a regular basis. He wrote his last letter to Gertrude September 23rd, 1944 and ends the letter with a prayer to come home to see his wife and son. Mitchell Weisberg died in combat in Luxembourg on October 4th, 1944. This rich collection shows the perspective of a young man fighting for his country post D-Day and the affect the war had on American families.


  • Majority of material found within 1943-01-03 - 1944-09-23


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Mitchell Nathan Weisberg was born January 13th, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois to Jacob and Ida Weisberg. He was the youngest of three children and had two older sisters named Anna and Betty. Mitchell grew up in Cook County Illinois and attended high school for three years. Afterwards, went on to work for the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company and married the love of his life, Gertrude. Together they had a son named Ronnie, born in 1942. Mitchell was drafted in the United States Army on October 16th, 1940 at the age of 25. It wasn't until January of 1943 that he actually started training at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas. After a year of training in Tyler, Weisberg was moved to Maryland for a few days to prepare to serve as a Private while in England and France. He travelled around England and France from August 9th, 1944 to September 23rd, 1944, after the Allied invasion of Normandy. In these daily letters he sent to Gertrude, Mitchell would often describe in detail his daily routine and movements. Mitchell died in the line of duty shortly after he sent his last letter. He was killed in Luxembourg on October 4th, 1944 at 29 years old.


0.50 Linear feet

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Physical Location

Vault FC4


Donated to the TCU Library by Ronnie Weisberg in 2021.

Mitchell Weisberg Letters
Anne Dorf
08 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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