||Delmar R. Treptow was the son of Theodor W. Treptow of Oshkosh, WI. During World War II he served as a gunner on bombers flying over Germany. His plane was shot down and he captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3.
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||Letter from Staff Sergeant Edward Tadych, Company A. 632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, to his father George Tadych in Oshkosh.
Sgt. Edw Tadych-36207984
Co. A 632nd T.D. Bn.
A.P.O. 72 c/p Postmaster
San Francisco, Calif
Oct. 30, 1944
I suppose you are wondering why I haven't written for some time. You should know by now if you read about the invasion of the Philippines. Yes we were in it and this is the tenth day now. Our objective is very near now and it shouldn't be long and this Island will be back in our hands. I can't tell you the name of this island but anyway we were the first troops to land on the Philippines.
There was quite a bit of opposition on the landing too but it wasn't long before the beachhead was made. You see we only had air protection from the navy and they done a good job.
The Japs here won't give in, they are well dug in and you have to kill them before they give an inch of ground.
They don't stand a chance at all because this isn't like New Guinea. Here it is more open country and therefore they have to show themselves more. However the weather here seems just like Guinea. Hot and rainy.
It does seem good however to see and to talk to some civilized people again. You can tell by looking at the people here that they have had a dam hard time of it. They don't have much of anything anymore. Homes are wrecked etc. They are sure happy that we are here and we are also glad to get out of New Guinea.
I am writing this letter pretty close to the front lines. In fact you can hear the rifle fire, so you see we aren't far away.
I am sending you a few Japanese Invasion money notes along. I don't know the value of them, but these aren't worth very high. One centavo is equal to our half cent. So for a dollar you get two hundred of them. Pocket full of money....
||World War II
||8: Communication Artifact
||Oshkosh Public Museum
||World War II
United States Army
Pacific Theater of Operations
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