Previous Next World War II Exhibit Page Home Search
Record 444/959
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Enlarge Image
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.
Howard C. Wickert was born in Oshkosh, WI on June 12, 1919, the son of Harvey L. and Clara M. Wickert. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1935. He worked for his father at Wickert's Food Market. He married June G. Schmeling on August 12, 1941. He enlisted in the Quartermaster Corps in October 1942 and became the head cook at Bay Shore, NY. While going on leave to visit his wife, he hitched a ride on the running board of a car. His hat blew off and he fell when he jumped from the moving car. He fractured his skull and died August 26, 1944.
Classification Archives
Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1943
Abstract Letter from Private Howard C. Wickert, 921st Quartermaster Company, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

Camp Lee, Va.,
January 12, 1943
8:30 P.M.E.W.T.

Dear Rev. Elbert:

…So far I have been going to school all of the time. They are now trying to make a pastry baker out of me. I find it very interesting and also very helpful. I just finished Mess Sergeant's School a week ago so I have one week in at Pastry School. This is my last week at this school and do not know where I am going next. ….

Yours truly
Howard Wickert
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.6.1
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Wickert, Howard C.
Subjects World War II
United States Army
Title Letter
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ For access to this image, contact

NOTICE: This material may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Oshkosh Public Museum. © 2005 Oshkosh Public Museum, All Rights Reserved   
Last modified on: December 12, 2009