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World War II: Accepted as Aviation Cadet!

World War II: Accepted as Aviation Cadet!
After weeks of stress, worried he wouldn’t pass his physical and other tests required to become an aviation cadet, after encouraging words from home, Frank’s perseverance has paid off. He’s been accepted and will leave shortly for Miami to start over with basic training to prepare for war from the skies. Truax 7/21/43 Dear Mom:... Read more »

World War II Cadet-"I know I'm not that good."

World War II Cadet-"I know I'm not that good."
Under the advice of his doctor, Frank’s hoping to improve his eyesight, critical if he wants to enter pilot training. Frank’s  gathering documents needed to apply for cadet status in the Army Air Corps, like his birth certificate, and the required recommendation letters have been coming in. A copy of Frank’s birth certificate and what appears... Read more »

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 »
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    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 Lindagartz.com 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, Lindagartz.com. All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website, LindaGartz.com, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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