Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Papers and photographs of Edward F. Vander Bloomen, a signalman in the United States Navy who served aboard the U.S.S. Token in the Pacific theater during World War II. A diary that Vander Bloomen kept from April to August 1945 includes mention of kamikaze attacks on U.S. ships, the end of the war in Europe, and the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan. He writes of his ship's role in the battle of Okinawa, which consisted largely of sweeping for mines and watching for air raids. A small scrapbook includes a brief written description of his service and a report of events describes how the Token recovered two unsuccessful Japanese kamikaze pilots from the ocean. Several written reminiscences are found among the biographical information. Papers relating to reunions of the crew of the Token and of the Naval Minewarfare Association document Vander Bloomen's participation in veterans organizations. An oversized folder contains a colorful certificate he received for crossing the Equator ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Manuscripts and photographs pertaining to the service of Jesse S. Meyers, a Verona, Wisconsin, native who served with Company I, 23rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. After the war, Meyers returned to Wisconsin and served as assistant custodian, and later, as the custodian of the GAR Memorial Hall Museum in the Wisconsin State Capitol from 1924 to 1933. Meyers' collection includes diaries he kept during the Civil War, transcripts of those diaries, a personal bible, and other papers, a regimental history and roster for the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and several images of Meyers. Diary entries (B2-3) cover much of his daily life, including drill, marching in parades, and accounts of the weather. Meyers also included accounts of fighting at Grand Gulf (Mississippi), Champion Hills (Mississippi), and Carrion Crow Bay (Louisiana), where he was taken prisoner. Later entries describe life in prison and parole camps, his homecoming to Wisconsin and his reaction to the ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Papers and still images pertaining to the service of Joseph Pechacek, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, resident who served in Company E, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division during World War II. Manuscripts include a diary, correspondence and newspaper clippings, still images are family photographs. Correspondence from Pechacek are written primarily to his sister and parents, describing life at the camps where he was stationed. In 1942, Pechacek married Emma Ritzke, who then moved to be near him, living in an off-base apartment with another military couple. Letters from this time describe their lifestyle and his training, as well as his concerns over Emma's pregnancy. In late 1943, Pechacek writes that Emma will be going to live with them in Wisconsin when he moves to a base for deployment. Of interest is a letter in which Pechacek apologizes to his mother for answering her in English on the phone, explaining that absolutely no foreign language calls are allowed. Correspondence from his time ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Papers and photographs of Lester E. Helland, a Mondovi, Wisconsin veteran who served with the 442nd Signal Battalion during World War II. Originally from Thompson, Iowa, Helland enlisted with the Army during the early part of 1942 and was discharged in 1944 after contracting malaria while serving in New Guinea. Helland's service is documented through military records, a personal diary, letters and greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. Included in his military records are documents relating that he was an expert submachine gunner and carbine marksman, itineraries for items he was issued, and a visual diagram instructing soldiers on proper arrangement for bunk inspections. These records also include a permit for Helland to use a camera on base in Puerto Rico, which lists restrictions on sensitive material that cannot be photographed around the base. Postwar materials detail his disabled veteran status, as a result of his contraction of malaria, and also include a written ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Correspondence and diaries pertaining to the service of Jehu E. Wickersham, an Ironton, Wisconsin resident who served with Company B, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and was killed in action during the Atlanta Campaign. The collection includes two diaries kept by Wickersham during his service. Throughout the diaries, Wickersham writes of adjusting to military life, keeping entertained while in camp, and the scenery of the Southern landscape. Interesting highlights include a description of a prisoner escape (January 21, 1862), witnessing a fellow solider die of disease (February 12, 1862), and an entry about the death of his young son, Warren (April 8, 1862). He also includes an account of his first major combat (October 22, 1862), his time participating in the Siege of Vicksburg (June 18-July 4, 1863), being accosted by a colonel while on guard duty (November 22, 1863) and his participation in the Atlanta Campaign. Correspondence includes poems and letters ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Biographical materials, diary transcript, obituary, and carte-de-visite photographs of William Seamonson, a Sauk County, Wis. native who served with the 49th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The diary contains short daily entries which note the weather, daily activities, setting up a pontoon bridge, and activities at camp. The collection includes some biographical information about Seamonson taken from pension records and regimental history information compiled by Joan Phelan. Seamonson also served with the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, and the collection includes five carte-de-visite images that are presumably soldiers in the 23rd Wisconsin
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Photocopy of a diary of Michael Hart, a New Diggings, Wis. native, describing his Civil War service with Company G of the 46th Wisconsin Volunteers. Topics included in the diary are military life, soldier's pay, Lincoln's death, inspection, disease, and the trip home to Wisconsin. There is also a transcription of the diary, list of names mentioned in the diary, and images of Michael and his wife Mary Hart
State Library of Western Australia
Diary 1-7 Nov. 1848 and 30 Dec. 1855-8 Dec. 1856, 20 April 1861-15 Dec. 1875. Typescript copy with index and notes by Canon A. Burton
State Library of Western Australia
3 diaries. Journey by ship from Australia to the Middle East; news of the fighting at Gallipolli (Jan-May 1915). Sailing to the Dardanelles, includes sketch maps of military positions at Gallipolli; sailing to Malta; talks of the strategic situation in the fight against Turkey (May-Jul 1915). Time spent in military hospitals (Jul - Sep 1915)
State Library of Western Australia
Journal 22 November 1849 - 17 February 1850 describing several journeys from Champion Bay to Geraldine mine with military escort taking provisions, etc. to mine site; work at mine; specimen samples of lead and copper; list of goods