WALTER H. ZIEGLER. World War II Letters and Photographs; 1943-1946. .1 cu. ft.
Walter H. Ziegler was from College Park, Georgia. During World War II, he was a U. S. Army ordinance officer with the 1788th Engineers Base Depot Company, stationed at Adak Army Air Field in the Aleutian Islands from April 1943 to July 1945. After leaving Alaska, he was stationed in Albany, Georgia, and Patterson, New Jersey.
The collection consists of the World War II era letters and photographs of U. S. Army Captain Walter H. Ziegler, who served at Adak Army Air Field. The collection contains: 22 letters from Walter Ziegler to his mother, father, and other family members; three Christmas cards sent to his family; and eight black and white prints. Eight of the letters were sent from Adak (Oct. 10, 1943, Sep. 10, 1944, Mar. 22, May 6, June 3, 18, July 20, 23, 1945). Ten of the letters were sent from Albany, Georgia (Nov. 3, 4, 11, 27, Dec. 9, 30, 1945, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Mar. 7, 12, 1946). Four of the letters were sent from Patterson, New Jersey (Mar. 28, Apr. 2, 11, 26, 1946). Subjects of the letters include news of family members, the weather, travel, birthdays, holidays, gifts, outings, and church services. Subjects of the photographs include: Walter Ziegler in uniform (5 different); Walter Ziegler in a graduation cap and gown; a collection of native artifacts including ivory, spear points, and bone needles (Feb. 1944); and a group of three women and one man in front of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.