Daily Life of an Ordinary American Soldier During World War 2: The Letters of Wilbur C. Berget

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Written between 1941 and 1945, these personal, detailed letters serve as an important resource for World War II historians by illuminating the lives of ordinary soldiers.


“I have cataloged hundreds of manuscript collections in my work at the WVM, and used many others for my own research, but I have yet to find one that matches the Berget collection in depth and breadth. With a high school education and work experience as a farmer and carpenter, this young man wrote letters that would rival those of English professors, historians, and sociologists in their eloquence, analysis, and observation.” - Prof. Russell Horton, Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center

“There is a draw to these missives . . . the rhythms of everyday life; the casual introspection of this soldier . . . and the fun, horrors, and boredom of a soldier’s life. This is an excellent read.” - Prof. Edward Gale Agran, Wilmington College

Table of Contents

Foreword by Russell Horton, Wisconsin Veterans Museum
A Note from the Editor
Introduction: Wilbur’s World
1. “This is a Great Experience and a Grand Adventure”: February – October 1941
2. “Things Look a Lot More Serious”: October 1941 – July 1942
3. “Don’t Mind Sleeping on the Ground Anymore”: July 1942 – June 1944
4. “Never Let the U.S. Suffer Such a Fate”: June 1944 – May 1945
5. “Guess That’s All for Tonight So Will Close”: May – December 1945

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