Guide to the Private Wheeler Letters 1955-1956 MG 1665


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Guide to the Private Wheeler Letters1955-1956
MG 1665

The New Jersey Historical Society52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
© 2006 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Processed by Evan Panayi.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wheeler, Warren.
Title: Private Wheeler Letters
Dates 1955-1956
Abstract: This collection contains 87 letters that Private Warren Wheeler sent from Korea to his family in Madison, New Jersey after the Korean War.
Quantity: .66 linear feet (12 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1665

Biographical Note:

Private and later SP3 Warren Wheeler was a native of Madison, N.J. He was stationed in occupied Korea from 1955 to 1956, which meant that he was part of the peacetime occupation force partially comprised of U.S troops. Beginning as a civil war, the Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953 with U.S. backed South Korea fighting against an invasion from Communist North Korea. The Korean War was the first armed confrontation of the Cold War and ended in 1953 with a cease-fire, but has never officially been ended with a treaty. After the war, American troops were stationed in South Korea as part of the still-functioning UN Command and remain there to the present day.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 87 letters (both handwritten and typed) and corresponding envelopes that Private Wheeler sent home to his parents and sister in Madison, New Jersey. There are also postcards from Japan and Hong Kong in the collection. The correspondence provides details on military life and the daily life of a soldier. He frequently mentions recreational activities like his reading habits and sporting activities. These various letters are filled with detail and humor about his stay in Korea. He also mentions excursions to the city of Seoul and Japan. These letters are organized in chorological order by the date that they were written and sent.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Subject Organizations:
United States. Army.
Subject Topics:
Korean War, 1950-1953.
Military life.
Subject Places:
Korea (North)
Korea (South)
Madison (N.J.)
San Francisco (Ca.)
Document Types:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1665, Private Wheeler Letters, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2006.

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Container List


Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Private Wheeler Letters 1955 Apr.
1 2 Private Wheeler Letters 1955 May-June
1 3 Private Wheeler Letters 1955 July-Aug.
1 4 Private Wheeler Letters 1955 Nov.-Dec.
1 5 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 Jan.
1 6 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 Jan.-Feb.
1 7 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 Feb.
1 8 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 Mar.
1 9 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 Mar.-Apr.
1 10 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 May
1 11 Private Wheeler Letters 1956 June-July
1 12 Private Wheeler Miscellaneous Letters: undated letter, picture letters–description of Korea. 1955-1956

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