This Memorial Day, I'm remembering two relatives who each served in one of the 20th century's two world wars.
Pearl Harbor was bombed seventy-six years ago today. My mom, Lillian Koroschetz, started a brand new diary on New Year's Eve, 1941 reflecting back on the previous year and the effects the barely three-week-old war was already having on the every-day lives of Americans.
Army Air Corps shoulder patch. Frank Gartz's squadron is breaking records and collecting honors.… Click to read more
A gift from your child -- always a treasure, especially when he is thousands of miles away. Frank's mother makes the most of it. My guess is (given it's a "star") is that it's a version of his Army Air [...]
Frank Ebner Gartz and other young mentraining for war Boys are disappearing, this neighbor reports, heading to war. No wonder everyone is "jittery." March 29, 1943 My dear Frank, Just a short letter this time. Received your very [...]
Bethel Ev. Lutheran ChurchWest End and Keeler Boys were disappearing from neighborhoods in the 1940s as if aliens had come and snatched them away, and in this letter we get a first-hand view of the effect on the [...]
Do you have a sibling who is, well, a bit of a know-it-all? Maybe an older sibling??? Who can’t seem to help chastising, advising, informing, correcting? Does it drive you crazy, even you though you love this person? Well, you’ll [...]
Freezing temperatures, streets slick as glass, timed Morse code tests. The pressure is on this 18-year-old kid to concentrate harder than he's ever had to before. A lots at stake. This letter from Private Frank Gartz shows us the world [...]