Posts tagged "World War II"

World War II New Year Greetings: one Frank to another

World War II New Year Greetings: one Frank to another
Frank Gartz’s best buddy, Frank Von Arx, is at it again, sending greetings from his present post at Elmendorf Field in Alaska. He writes that some of his buddies are flying at altitudes where the temperature is 60 degrees below zero. That’s what these boys in the Army Air Corps will have to deal with... Read more »

Gettysburg Address and World War II

Gettysburg Address and World War II
One hundred fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln stood before a crowd of ten to twenty thousand people, gathered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the bloodiest battle of the Civil War had raged the previous July. Fifty thousand had died. Lincoln declared in his short speech (under 300 words), “The world will little note, nor... Read more »

World War II training break: fun with a little kid

World War II training break: fun with a little kid
Frank loved kids. He was the baby of the family—ten years younger than my dad, the second oldest of the three Gartz boys. Even at age eighteen, when so many guys aren’t all that interested in little kids, Frank has fun with them, as this letter shows. It’s an endearing quality that shines through this... Read more »
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Happy Memorial Day: World War II Mom prays all comes out for the best

For Memorial Day weekend, I dedicate these letters to our soldiers in arms, our veterans, and all the mothers and dads and families who yearn for their safe return. This letter is from my grandmother, Lisi Gartz, responding to her son, Frank’s  (“Ebner”) previous letter. Either scroll down to previous post or click here to read... 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 »
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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 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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