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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.
Irving E. "Kelly" Kellenberger was the son of Emil J. and Alma M. Kellenberger of Oshkosh, WI. He entered military service July 14, 1941 and was assigned to Company C, 28th Infantry, 8th Division. He left for overseas duty on December 6, 1943 and fought in France. He was slightly wounded in action on July 26, 1944 and awarded the Purple Heart.
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Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract V-Mail Letter from Staff Sergeant Irving E. "Kelly" Kellenberger, Company C, 28th Infantry, 8th Division, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

July 29, 44, France
Dear Rev. First of all greetings to you and all from the front lines in France. I'm feeling great & hope you are also. The Jerries are a tough customer but they are falling back steadily. I've had lots of experiences that I never really [thought] I'd ever run into. Sorry I can't say anything bout them but I will say that may God grant that this war ends soon.
It's a shame what war will do to a country. Where I am is nothing but wreckage, shell holes etc. We've been getting plenty of supplies though such as cigs. etc on the front. Just before an attack one night we had Beef Steak right on our front line. Boy it sure was good. Sauer Kraut too. Probably captured from the Germans. Ha. We've gotten lots of prisoners already & gee some look about 14 yrsold. "Rommels Young Fanatics they are".
Well Rev. sorry can't write more now but I'll be back soon as possible. Take care & I'll be thinking of you all & sure hope to be seeing you all soon.
Your Pal "Kelly"
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.21.1
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Kellenberger, Irving E. "Kelly"
Subjects World War II
United States Army
European Theater of Operations
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