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Mitchell Weisberg Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-229

Scope and Contents

The Mitchell Weisberg Letters collection contains over 50 letters from Mitchell to his son Ronnie and his wife Gertrude while he was training and touring in World War II. These range from his time at Camp Fannin in Tyler, Texas in 1943 to being abroad in England and France in 1944. The collection is organized by location. He spends a year in Tyler, Texas training at Camp Fannin and is then sent to Camp George Meade in Maryland to prepare for his time abroad. While he is travelling in England and France he loosely titles each letter as "somehwere in France" or "somewhere in England." Each of these letters contain a vast amount of details about Weisbergs daily routine. He describes life at camp and what his training entailed for that day. Once he is shipped to England and France 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. His last letter to Gertrude dates September 23rd, 1944 and he ends his letter with a prayer to come home to see Gertrude and Ron. Mitchell was killed in the line of Duty in Germany 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.

Dates

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

Creator

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 who was 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. 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 Luxemberg, Germany on October 4th, 1944. He was 29 years of age.

Extent

0.50 Linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Physical Location

Vault FC4
Title
Mitchell Weisberg Letters
Author
Anne Dorf
Date
08 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Adlam

Repository Details

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

Contact:
TCU Box 298400
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Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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