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Admin/Biog History John E. Elbert was the pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located at the south east corner of Bowen and School. His wife's name was Ella J. Elbert.
Classification Archives
Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Letter from Corporal Donald C. Dobish, 17th General Hospital, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

January 3, 1944
Dear Rev. Elberts,
I want to thank you and the congregation very much for the splendid Christmas box I received. It was more then thoughtful of you all and the contents were things we find to be mighty useful over here. I don't remember whether or not in previous letters I informed you that we've been here in Italy for a trifle over two months. If not, you now know. Each time we contact shell-torn countries and we with our own eye the result brought about by their chaotic minds, I find myself silently thanking God that he has spared our homes, our friends & relatives, and our America. It isn't a pleasant sight to watch human beings from the ages of seven to seventy dipping their meals out of a local garbage can and fighting over even that. They didn't receive any presents this year, some not even a home to celebrate Christmas in. So, I find myself dreaming of that red brick church on Bowen street where some day soon, I hope, I can thank you, my friend, and God for remembering us. God Bless You.
Cpl. Don Dobisch
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.15.2
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Dobish, Donald C.
Subjects World War II
United States Army
Medical aspects of war
European Theater of Operations
North African Campaign
Title Letter
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