Albert and Frank Dietrich Letters
Collection consists of copies of letters to and from both Albert and Frank Dietrich detailing Frank's military service (including time spent in the Phillipines and Japan) and Albert's stance as a conscientious objector during the years of 1943-1947. The letters detail their debates over many issues, including the war. There are also many letters written from Frank to his wife, Chris, spanning from 1944-1947.
- 1939-1998 (bulk 1943-1947)
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1 Linear Feet
Collection consists of copies of letters to and from both Albert and Frank Dietrich detailing Frank's military service and Albert's stance as a conscientious objector during the years of 1943-1947. The letters detail their debates over many issues, including the war. There are also many letters written from Frank to his wife, Chris, spanning from 1944-1947.
Frank Ryall Dietrich and Albert Giles Dietrich, identical twins, were born on January 4th, 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Frank Adam (1878-1950) and Louise (Edwards) Dietrich (c. 1880-1941). Both Frank and Albert attended the University of Pittsburgh as undergraduates and then both went on to earn their Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Despite practicing the same profession, child welfare workers, Frank and Albert held different beliefs about war and pacifism. Frank was drafted into the Air Force in 1941, and was sent to the Philippines in 1945 to prepare for the potential invasion of Japan. Albert obtained "CO" (conscientious objector) status, allowing him to serve in the Civilian Public Service (CPS). Albert morally objected the violence or war, while Frank increasingly believed in its necessity due to the action he saw. The brothers wrote each other hundreds of letters during their service, containing debates about pacifism, their experiences in the Philippines and the CPS, conversations about conscription, and their daily lives. Many years after the war, Frank's wife Christine Dietrich helped the two publish a book with the letters they wrote during World War II. Albert Dietrich died on June 17th, 2002 in Harborside, Maine. Frank Dietrich died on December 14th, 2009 in La Junta, Colorado.
Collection consists of one box.
Collection was donated by Scott Bennett on October 25, 2005