Guide to the Private Wheeler Letters 1955-1956 MG 1665
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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.
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.
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.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1665, Private Wheeler Letters, The New Jersey Historical Society.