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World War II Cadets: recommendations required!

World War II Cadets: recommendations required!
To be accepted as a cadet in the World War II Army Air Corps, Frank needed several letters of recommendation. For one he turned to the pastor, Rev. Oscar Kaitschuk, of his neighborhood church, Bethel Evangelical Lutheran (Evangelical is a denomination of the Lutheran church and not to be confused with the Evangelical Christians.) Pastor... Read more »

Mother's Day: A World War II Mom sends love and encouragement

Mother's Day: A World War II Mom sends love and encouragement
For Mother’s Day, I’m publishing both a letter my uncle wrote in May, 1943, and my grandmother’s response, written about a week later. In his letter, Frank reveals he has his sights set on being accepted as a  cadet in the Army Air Corps, the first step toward becoming a World War II airman. But thousands of... Read more »
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    Linda Gartz

    I was born and raised on Chicago's West Side, where the Gartz family lived and worked for most of the 20th century. After my mom died in 1994, my brothers and I poked around the the attic of my parents' home and discovered a trove of letters, diaries, documents, and photos that had been saved for almost a century. Taken as a whole, they focus a lens on the history of our city and life in another era, as seen through the eyes of regular folks. Go to where you'll find my blog, Family Archaeologist (a clickable link is on the "About Letters of a World War II Airman" page). There you can explore this historical treasure trove that illuminates history and our shared humanity. I started my blog, "Letters of a World War II Airman," on the 70th anniversary of the date my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, was drafted into World War II military service. You can see that first post and the first three months of 1943 letters at my website, All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website,, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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