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Student Research Paper

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Spring 2017

Department 1



Richard Schade was a newlywed when he was drafted into the United States Army on January 29, 1943, in Camden, New Jersey. While stationed in the United States during World War II, he wrote a series of letters to his new wife, Betty. Many of these letters were love letters discussing deep love as well as the active plan to start a family. Through the letters written over the course of months he records his daily duties, concerns, dreams, and various information about the conditions in the military. His letters developed into a valuable insight into the life of a soldier stationed in America during World War II. This research paper uncovers information about Richard Schade and his military time that had been lost not only to his family but also to some military records, creating a fuller picture and providing many answers to questions left unanswered over time.


Written for History 300: Historical Method.

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