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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.
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Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Letter from Seaman 1st Class Robert A. Feiberg, United States Navy, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

Dec. 11th 1944
Dear Rev. Elbert,
Guess its time I got back on the beam & drop you a line. I'm still receiving your Messenger & your literature & want you to know that they are being appreciated more than ever. Since the last you heard from me I have been around quite a bit. Took part in the Philippines campaign among other things. Have also been in several air raids. We have credit for shooting down one Jap plane & one probable. Saw eleven of the enemy planes destroyed in just a little while one day. Navy gunmen are pretty deadly with their A.A. [anti-aircraft] guns.
Spent this afternoon in a native village. It's really quite interesting to walk through & watch the natives. They speak a few words of English. Chiefly "Gimme Smoke" & "Americans good, Jap no-good". They really go for American cigarettes & quite a few fellows trade them for various things. As a whole they are very lazy & their life is fishing & just living. Men are extremely lazy as they just sit around making the women and children do most of the work.
Well I guess that's about all for now so will close. Hoping everything is fine back home. Merry Xmas to all. Bye for now.
Sincerely yours,
Bob Freiberg
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.16.2
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Feiberg, Robert A.
Subjects World War II
Letters
United States Navy
Pacific Theater of Operations
Naval warfare
Title Letter
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