Guide to the Ralph Deibel Collection, 1941-1945

Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Tetreau and Jennifer Cox.
Collection number:     BLC-CR07
Title:     Ralph Deibel Collection, 1941-1945 
Dates:     1941-1945, bulk 1944
Extent:     .5 linear feet 43 letters; 1 scrapbook; 229 photos

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains 194 letters, undeveloped film and documents by U.S. Army Pvt. Ralph W. Deibel and others (created 1941-1945), and mailed from California; St. Petersburg, Florida; Randolph Field, Texas; Northeast Indies and New Guinea. Letters address family and friend matters and mention a brother Billie, a sister Marian, Joan Bailey and Jeannine Haas. Deibel is from Massillon, Ohio where his family still lives. In numerous letters he mentions that many of the local boys are being sent off to serve, and expresses a longing for more correspondence and a fear that he is forgotten. Deibel talks about working hard under the Australia sun and how he can’t wait to be in the cold again. The D-Day invasion and the people killed during the invasion are also mentioned. There are 229 photos taken by and of Ralph Deibel. The pictures include images taken of Dutch New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies and Queensland Australia. Accompanying the pictures is a Fifth Air Force press release and a photo of the 20th stat/S.C.K ball team and officers.


Arranged chronologically.

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Randall J. Cushing Collection

Collection Contents

001        February 5-April 3, 1943
002        April 3-April 21, 1943
003        April 27-May 19, 1943
004        May 31-August 7, 1943
005        August 9-September 2, 1943
006        September 4-October 31, 1943
007        November 7-December 3, 1943
008        January 6-January 28, 1944
009        February 2-February 28, 1944
010        March 16-April 25, 1944
011        May 14-August 4, 1943
012        September 6-October 15, 1944
013        November 2-December 20, 1944
014        January 1-May 15, 1945
015        May 17-August 11, 1945
016        August 12-November 10, 1945 and undated
017        Red Cross Letter
018        Joke Air Raid Instructions
019        Photographs
020        Medal and bars of the Army of Occupation 
021        Rev. Fitzgerald letter