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Richard Schade was born August 9, 1919 and died January 25, 1997. During World War II, he was stationed in Paterson, New Jersey; Fort Totten, NY; and Camp Stewart, GA throughout the course of these letters. Most of them were written to his wife, Betty, in Camden, NJ. Throughout the course of the letters, Schade rises from the rank of Private to Corporal, and finally to Sergeant.

During his enlistment, Betty became pregnant and delivered a girl in the Spring of 1944. She was named Carol. These letters show that Schade was a very devoted husband and father and are primarily love letters to his wife and, later, daughter.

This collection is correspondence from Richard to his wife and additional letters addresses to Richard.

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Publication Date

July 2001


World War II, WWII, New Jersey, enlistment, homefront, war correspondence


History | Military History | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-030: Letters of Richard Schade (World War II)